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Gold Pendant of a Bat - PF.4080
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high
Catalogue: V21
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Costa Rican
Medium: Gold

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This gold bat strikes us at once and leaves an unforgettable impression upon us. Wide spread wings, bulbous eyes and snarling teeth at once make us aware of the killer instinct of the bat. This impression of power is further intensified by the gold. A chieftain-shaman-warrior wore this gold pendant as a symbol of his importance within the society. This dangerous bat represents the qualities that the warrior should possess to defend himself against his adversaries. This extraordinarily beautiful object is a rare treasure now as it was centuries ago. - (PF.4080)

 

 

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