The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 23, 2024

Bird Pendant

Bird Pendant

c. 1000–1550
Overall: 5.6 x 6.5 x 2 cm (2 3/16 x 2 9/16 x 13/16 in.)


The kinds of birds represented in pendants of the isthmus are not clear, though the emphasis on spread wings and flight suggests birds that soar, such as eagles or hawks. In addition to their aerial agility, they are powerful birds of prey and, therefore, may have symbolized a warrior's or hunter's ferocity and skill. They were also often linked to the sun. Better understanding is difficult because the makers created no written records.
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    Cleveland Museum of Art. Art of the Americas. [A Special Exhibition Held in the Museum from Nov. 8, 1945 Through Jan. 6, 1946. 1946. p. 50
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