Staff Head(?)

Staff Head(?)

c. 400-700

Cast gold

Overall: 8.3 x 7.2 x 2.4 cm (3 1/4 x 2 13/16 x 15/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.319


The two-headed beast that crouches on the top of this object-perhaps a staff finial (head)-holds a human head or perhaps a mask between its paws. The silken surface and simple, elegant design identify the finial as of the International style, so-called because it crossed ancient boundaries and is found in Colombia as well as Costa Rica and Panama.

See also
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Cast gold

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