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Panama, Macaracas (attr.), gold pendant in the form of a feline head. | by Pete Tillman
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Panama, Macaracas (attr.), gold pendant in the form of a feline head.

8th to 12th century AD, lost-wax gold casting with greenstone eyes. Probably a product of the Gran Coclé culture.

Dimensions: H. 1 1/2 × W. 2 × D. 1 5/16 in. (3.8 × 5.1 × 3.3 cm)

On display at Metropolitan Museum, New York, Gallery 357

 

Original photo by Sailko: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Panama,_macaracas_(attr.),_pendente_a_forma_di_figura_con_testa_felina,_VIII-XIII_sec,_oro_fuso_e_pietra_verde.JPG

Cropped and levels adjusted by me.

 

Here's a frontal view (B&W) at the Met: www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/309531

The gold wires do look like castings (vs. welded on) in the blowup there.

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Taken on January 23, 2014