A Large and Important Diquis Gold Pendant. c. 70...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionA Large and Important Diquis Gold Pendant
c. 700-1400 AD
Superbly crafted and finely detailed tumbaga. A standing shaman with the head of a crocodile with its mouth open showing teeth. A snake is held in the mouth, its braided body with a head at each end. Covering the figure's abdomen is a large human head wearing a headband, its mouth open and the protruding tongue of the head (and penis of the standing figure) is also a snake head; two similar human heads on the knees. The figure holds a braided staff to right and left with spiral ornaments on their outer side, further framed top and bottom with a flat slightly curved band, a stylized crocodile head in each corner. A loop for hanging on the back. In excellent condition.
Enrique Vargas Alfaro, 1960s. Mr. Alfaro was the source of high quality Pre-Columbian art sold to prestigious collections such as Andre Emmerich, Morton D. May, Frederick and Jan Mayer, and William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau. Artworks listing him as provenance appear in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, The Denver Art Museum, and the William C. Carlos Museum.
Private collection, Atlanta, GA.
Height: 4 ¼ inches
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000.
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