Curly-Tailed Animal Pendant

Curly-Tailed Animal Pendant

100-800

Gold

Overall: 1.8 x 4 x 2.7 cm (11/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.288

Description

A favored Initial-style subject is a charming animal whose curly tail -- its most impressive feature -- may derive from a monkey’s. Its other traits vary considerably, causing it to be identified as everything from a dog to a duck. Initial-style gold ornaments represent Panama’s oldest metalwork. Since metal technologies appeared suddenly and fully developed in Panama, it is likely that they were introduced from the outside, probably from Colombia to the south.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Gold

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