Nov 7, 2011
Aug 17, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
Nov 7, 2011

Crocodile Pendant

Crocodile Pendant

1000–1550

Cast gold, modern greenstone

Overall: 6.5 x 5.5 x 4.4 cm (2 9/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.160

Did you know?

The greenstone replaced a piece of carved whale bone that was once improperly paired with the pendant.

Description

Of great importance in ancient Panama were beings that combined crocodile features, especially the mouth, with lizard traits, such as the iguana’s head crest. This example also has a back-swept nose, perhaps that of the leaf-nosed bat. The greenstone is a modern replacement for a stone or shell that once completed the crocodile’s body.

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