Eagle Pendant, Gold, Chiriquí

Eagle Pendant

A.D. 800–1519
Costa Rica, Diquís Delta
H. 4 1/2 × W. 4 7/16 × D. 1 3/8 in. (11.4 × 11.2 × 3.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1977
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199
These pendants combine physical characteristics of several birds, including double crests reminiscent of harpy eagles. Sometimes, these pendants functioned as bells: there are tiny clappers within the bulbous eyes of the two smaller eagles. One of the last kings of the Bribris of Costa Rica, Antonio Saldaña, was photographed around the turn of the century wearing a cluster of such pendants.

Estos colgantes combinan características físicas de varias aves; aquellas con doble cresta evocan las águilas harpías. Muchas veces estos colgantes también eran utilizados como cascabeles. Así lo demuestran las pequeñas claquetas situadas en los ojos bulbosos de las dos águilas. Antonio Saldaña, uno de los últimos reyes de los Bribris de Costa Rica, fue fotografiado a finales del siglo XIX o principios del siglo XX llevando varios de estos colgantes.
[Judith Small, New York, until after 1960]; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Q. Davis, New Orleans, LA, acquired before 1968, until 1974; (Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, October 11, 1974, no. 227); Alice K. Bache, New York, 1974–(d.) 1977

The Art of Ancient and Modern Latin America: Selections from Public and Private Collections in the United States. New Orleans: Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, 1968, 167, This reference refers the reader to Samuel K. Lothrop, Robert Woods Bliss Collection, Pre-Columbian Art, Phaidon, New York, 1957, color illus. XCVII, fig. XCVIII, for comparison purposes.

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art. New York: Sotheby Parke Bernet, Oct. 11, 1974, no. 227.

Jones, Mark. The art of the medal. London, 1979, pp. 91–96.

Jones, Julie, and Heidi King. "Gold of the Americas." The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 59, no. 4 (Spring 2002), p. 7.

Pillsbury, Joanne, Timothy Potts, and Kim N. Richter, eds. Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017, no 104.2, p. 196.