Double-End Animal Pendant

Date: 5th–8th century

Geography: Panama

Culture: Conte (?)

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: H. 2 x W. 3 in. (5.1 x 7.6 cm)

Classification: Metal-Ornaments

Credit Line: Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.419.18


Pendants of multiple animals joined body-to-body—usually in even numbers—were produced in lower Central America and northwestern Colombia in distinct types for many centuries. In one variety, the creatures are double-ended with an identical head at both top and bottom. The identity of the animals is unclear, and they may well be mythical. They have flat, long snouts, protruding eyes, and open mouths with a single row of teeth. The animals stand side by side, their legs apart, and are connected by rods going through their feet. The pendant was cast from a wax model in a single process.