Animal-Headed Figure Pendant

1–800 CE
Overall: 5 x 4.2 x 1.3 cm (1 15/16 x 1 5/8 x 1/2 in.)
Weight: 39.24 g
You can copy, modify, and distribute this work, all without asking permission. Learn more about CMA's Open Access Initiative.

Download, Print and Share


The same creature, nasty but precious, appears in both pendants (1939.515). Human in its posture and arms, its head is that of an animal with a long, toothy snout. It holds batons to its mouth, and whiskers or ears flare from the sides of the head. The little headdress domes are mystifying; they have been described as mushrooms, gourds, and ceramic vessels, among other things.
Animal-Headed Figure Pendant

Animal-Headed Figure Pendant

1–800 CE

Colombia, Quimbaya or Yotoco style


The Lost-Wax Casting Process

Visually Similar Artworks

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.