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Bat-Shaped Breastplate


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In addition to a funerary mask, ear ornaments, and a diadem, high-status individuals at Malagana were buried with arm ornaments in the shape of tweezers, which fuse a stylized face with a crab-like silhouette. The smaller tweezers, possibly used as a ritual implement rather than an arm ornament, features two stacked frontal faces framed by creatures. The V-shaped breastplate is an abstract representation of a bat; the larger pectoral may represent another flying creature—the long, flared extension suggests the tail fan of a bird.

Además de las máscaras funerarias, orejeras y diademas, los individuos de alto rango de Malagana eran probablemente sepultados con brazaletes en forma de pinzas sobredimensionadas, que fusionan una cara estilizada con una silueta similar a la de un cangrejo. Las pinzas más pequeñas, posiblemente utilizadas más como implementos rituales que como brazaletes, representan dos rostros de frente rodeados por dos seres de perfil. El pectoral en forma de "v" es una representación abstracta de un murciélago. Es posible que el pectoral más grande represente otro ser volador, ya que las extensiones alargadas sugieren el plumaje de la cola de un ave.

Bat-Shaped Breastplate, Gold, Malagana

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