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Pendant with Shark and Snake
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Pendant with Shark and Snake


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Description Pendants were worn by men around the neck on ceremonial occasions. Columbus noted that the inhabitants of Panama who came to greet him wore gold pendants in the shape of eagles. This piece could have been created in Columbus's time or during the previous 600 years. The animals represented are often fierce or they cross boundaries of nature (for example, live in land and water) such as snakes. This pendant represents a shark with a snake in its mouth. A ring at the throat is used for suspension.
Provenance [Found at a graveyard between Divalá (a village on the outskirts of settled Panama, thirty miles west of David in the province of Chiriqui) and Costa Rica, Spring 1909]; Tiffany & Co. New York, 1910, by purchase [from "Indians," see December 29, 1910 correspondance from Tiffany & Co. to Henry Walters]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911, from Tiffany & Co.

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Period
800-1521 (Pre-Early Conquest)
Medium
gold and copper alloy
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.285
Measurements
3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
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