Precolumbian Gold Eagle Pectoral
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: item # 68097
Please refer to our stock # 95.225HD when inquiring.
HD ENTERPRISES, INC.
PO Box 22082
Denver, CO 80222
|This spectacular large eagle pendant (95.225 HD) is attributed to the Veraguas horizon in Panama. The 100+ gram lost wax casting dates c.500-1100AD. The eagle (most likely worn by a powerful chieftain or shaman) measures an impressive 5 ¾” from wing tip to tip. The gold has been analyzed and tests approximately 14k. As was done to much of the Precolumbian alloyed gold, this piece was enriched at the surface in ancient days by the ‘depletion gilding technique’. This great display piece was broken in two places when found (and may have been done intentionally in Precolumbian times): the tail feather panel just below the feet had cracked and the right tail feather was broken and glued together. In addition, there were a couple of other incipient cracks that added to the somewhat fragile nature of the piece. Stoetzer, Inc., noted Miami conservator and Precolumbian art authenticator, was contracted to restore, stabilize, and protect the pendant from further damage. A small outline frame was built around the backside of the pectoral and then filled in with a significant layer of epoxy resin that adhered to the eagle’s back surface. What a marvelous relic to accent a collection of Precolumbian art, perhaps resting in a case or shadowbox with contrasting background and a spot of light…it would make any observer envious! If you’ve been considering a piece of Precolumbian gold, this is one that should be given serious consideration. Comes with a small display card and a certificate.|