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Lot 0530
**Originally Listed At $800**

Pre-Columbian, Panama, Cocle, ca. 400 to 1000 CE. An endearing gold (55% or equivalent to ~ 12K) zoomorphic pendant, representing a fox or possibly a dog whose long body with a raised tail stands upon four legs, the front legs delineated in loop forms for suspension. The animal's face is very expressive with beady eyes (gold granules), raised ears, and a pointed snout. According to scholar Dorie Reents-Budet, in Panama and Columbia, gold adornments such as this fox or dog effigy would have been a totemic icon for a familial unity or community group, intimating the honorable members special powers. (Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas (2012). Weight: 6.9 grams; Size: 1.625" L (4.1 cm); Gold quality: 55% or equivalent to ~ 12K

Pre-Columbian art is well-known for its impressive goldworks. Gold became the preferred material for creating fashionable ornaments sometime after 500 CE replacing jadeite and other green stones from which artists had made impressive jewelry for centuries. Indeed the ancient cultures of the New World created countless gold ornaments and ceremonial objects. Unfortunately, the Spanish conquistadors melted nearly all of these to convert them to gold bars and coins for Spain. Due to this, surviving genuine pre-Columbian gold is rare and highly coveted by collectors.

Provenance: private Los Angeles, California USA Collection; acquired at Heritage Auctions, Friday May 10, 2013, Auction #5135, Lot #54285

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#145430

Condition

Minute casting flaws. Otherwise excellent.

Starting Bid

$700

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Panamanian Cocle Gold Animal Pendant

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400
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