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Animal-Headed Figure Pendant

Animal-Headed Figure Pendant

1-800

Cast gold

Overall: 5 x 4.2 x 1.3 cm (1 15/16 x 1 5/8 x 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.514

Description

The same creature, nasty but precious, appears in both pendants. Human in its posture and arms, its head is that of an animal with a long, toothy snout. It holds batons to its mouth, and whiskers or ears flare from the sides of the head. The little headdress domes are mystifying; they have been described as mushrooms, gourds, and ceramic vessels, among other things.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Cast gold

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