Immense might be a good word to describe this large Precolumbian bold eagle pendant (H4985). Attributed to the Veraguas horizon of Panama, c.500-1200AD, the bird represents the powerful harpy eagle, once a prevalent and revered bird in Central and South America. Weighing 154 grams (6 ounces!) and measuring 6 3/8” from wing tip to wing tip, the bird tests out at about 14K gold using a jeweler’s streak plate and calibrated acids. Surface enriched above 14K in ancient days through the depletion gilding technique (copper was used as an alloy with the gold), some of the 14K coppery core is obvious where the eagle was polished with a little too much vigor. In excellent condition, the protruding eyes are actually small bells that still hold their small, loose metal ball clappers. The tinkling sound made by the bells is somewhat muted due to the amount of metal used in the eagle. An extraordinary example of the ancient gold worker’s skills, most likely worn by a powerful shaman, that would make a superb centerpiece in almost any collection. With a bale attached to the recessed back, a person with panache could wear this stunning piece. This massive pectoral comes with a small display card, a map of Panama highlighting the Veraguas area, and a certificate guaranteeing authenticity.