Nov 7, 2011
Nov 7, 2011

Figural Pendant

Figural Pendant

400–700

Cast gold

Overall: 7.8 x 5.3 x 2.3 cm (3 1/16 x 2 1/16 x 7/8 in.)

Weight: 113.82 g

Gift of Mrs. Benjamin P. Bole 1946.80

Location

Did you know?

This ornament was made with the lost-wax casting technique.

Description

This emphatically male figure combines a human body with a composite animal head. The antlers are the stag's; the snout, perhaps a snarling feline's; and the hair is formed of braided serpents whose heads hiss from the figure's shoulders. The extended tongue may convey aggression or perhaps death because dying animals are depicted with lolling tongues. Either condition is in keeping with the creature's ferocity.

Video

The Lost-Wax Casting Process
See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Cast gold

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