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Double Insect Pendant

5th–10th century
Colombia, Cauca River region
Quimbaya (?)
H. 2 1/4 x W. 1 7/8 in. (5.7 x 4.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1991
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
The insects depicted here may be grasshoppers, identifiable by the vertical grooves that mark their bodies and the oblique grooves that indicate wings. Grasshoppers change their physical form during their life cycles, and researchers believe that this transformational aspect gave them particular importance in Precolumbian times.
Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired by 1969, until 1991

Jones, Julie. The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, no. 32, pp. 147.

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