Nov 8, 2011
Nov 8, 2011

Animal-Headed Figure Pendant

Animal-Headed Figure Pendant


Cast gold

Overall: 5 x 4.2 x 1.3 cm (1 15/16 x 1 5/8 x 1/2 in.)

Weight: 39.24 g

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.514


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.


The Lost-Wax Casting Process
See also
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Cast gold

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