A Verugaus/Chiriquí Tumbaga Figure Pendant, ca. 800 - 1500 CE
In a presentation pose, holding two identical staffs out to his sides, with flattened arms squared off at the shoulders, feet protruding from the rounded torso and a flared triangular tail, the two latter elements usually seen on bird pendants; the face with a protruding jaw, pointed nose, and deep eye sockets with coffee-bean shaped eyes, wearing a headdress with paired spirals on either side. A suspension loop attached to the back of the head is threaded to a superb necklace of the finest handmade graduated faceted rondelle rubies ranging from 3-4mm that are accented with ancient hand rolled gold tube beads.
Dimensions: Pendant height: 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm), Width: 1 1/4 inches (3.17 cm). Necklace length: 21 1/2 inches (54.6 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Collection of Joel Lloyd, NYC., acquired during the 1940s-1950s, then by descent to daughter.
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