A Superb Diquis Gold Pendant. c. 700-1400 ADClick the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionA Superb Diquis Gold Pendant
c. 700-1400 AD
Finely detailed and aesthetically balanced tumbaga pendant depicting a dancing cacique or shaman holding a large arch of two double-headed serpents, their bodies ornamented with double spirals and cog-like projections along the perimeter. The dancing male figure with similar spirals on his legs, chest, and at ears. He is naked except for a necklace with pendant and a belt at his waist with genitals exposed beneath. He has emanating spirals at his shoulders and crocodile heads (upside-down) from sides of his ankles. Loop on back for suspension. 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: 2 ½ inches
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000.
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