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DIQUIS-CHIRIQUI GOLD EFFIGY PENDANT
CA. A.D. 800-1500
Cast in the form of muscular male figure wearing harpy eagle's head mask, standing on a stylized double-headed serpent bar, with broad pointed shoulders and taloned hands, the prominent beak downturned, with beaded eyes and scrolled ears, and wearing a large flaring headdress; suspension loop on the reverse.
The harpy-eagle is one of the most powerful birds of the rain forest, believed to carry the souls of the dead to the after-life; their plumes were worn as crests only by the highest ranking members of society.