Two Pre-columbian Gold Bat God Pendants
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Metalwork: Pre 1492: item # 83388
Please refer to our stock # TFX117 when inquiring.
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|Not exactly the same, but probably once hanging from the same necklace, this closely matched pair of 2 3/8” tall figural pendants (TFX117) are attributed to the Veraguas horizon of Panama, dating c.500-1200AD. The figures, representing shamans wearing bat god masks, each hold a large tumi shaped blade in one hand, and what appears to be a sling in the other. Lost wax cast in the high copper, low gold alloy known as tumbaga, the figures were subsequently surface enriched through the depletion gilding technique. In overall very good condition, but not wearable today due to some metal loss and structural weakening from interaction with acidic ground waters, the pair still makes a spectacular and intriguing display. The wonderfully detailed duo comes with a small display card, a map of Panama with the Veraguas area highlighted, and a certificate guaranteeing authenticity.|