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Avian Pendant


Diquís-Chiriquí, Period V or VI
700-1500 CE
7.3 x 7.3 x 1.45 cm (2 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 9/16 in.)
gold
PC.B.303

Not on view


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Description
Pendant representing a bird with a crocodile head flanked by spirals, seen from above. An oval opening in the body must have contained an inlay (in dossier).


Bibliography
Benson, Elizabeth P. 1963 Handbook of the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C., p. 42, cat. 229.

Von Winning, Hasso and Alfred Stendahl 1968 Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America. H.N. Abrams, New York. pl. 565.


Related:

Lothrop, Samuel K. 1963 Archaeology of the Diquís Delta, Costa Rica. Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University 51. Peabody Museum, Cambridge, Mass.



Exhibition History
"Indigenous Art of the Americas", National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, September 1960 to April 1962.

"Flights of Fancy: Birds in Pre-Columbian Art" Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 10/1/2009 - 2/28/2010.


Acquisition History
Purchased from Earl Stendahl, Los Angeles (dealer), by Robert Woods Bliss, August 14, 1956.

Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Washington, DC, 1956-1962.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Pre-Columbian Collection, Washington, DC.