Feline Pendant

Feline Pendant

1000-1550

Gold, cast

Overall: 3.4 x 3 cm (1 5/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2015.11

Fun Fact

In the Panama-Costa Rica region gold ornaments were associated with political and religious authority.

Description

This memorable jaguar pendant is a nasty precious—nasty because it holds a severed limb (probably human) in its fanged mouth but precious due to its material, its well-polished silky surface, and the charming rendering, which reduces the jaguar to cartoon-like essentials. The warm, rosy color is the result of copper in the alloy.

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