Nov 7, 2011
Nov 7, 2011

Figure with Deer Antlers Pendant

Figure with Deer Antlers Pendant


Cast gold

Overall: 7.8 x 5.3 x 2.3 cm (3 1/16 x 2 1/16 x 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Benjamin P. Bole 1946.80

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This ornament was made with the lost-wax casting technique.


This emphatically male figure combines a human body with a composite animal head. The antlers are the stag's; the snout, perhaps a snarling feline's; and the hair is formed of braided serpents whose heads hiss from the figure's shoulders. The extended tongue may convey aggression or perhaps death because dying animals are depicted with lolling tongues. Either condition is in keeping with the creature's ferocity.


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

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