Rare Gold Shark Pendant, Costa Rica/Panama
ca. A.D. 500-1000
length 4 7/8in (12.6cm); (54.1gms)
Constance McCormick-Fearing, collected in 1950s
Acquired from the above by the present owner
A finely cast fantastical shark with two large dorsal, pectoral, pelvic and tail fins, with beaded eyes and grid mouth; the bottom of this charming animal is open with tiny loops for suspension.
According to Wardwell, "The goldwork of Costa Rica presents many problems of provenance and style because of its great similarity to Panamanian products. Lack of collection data usually adds to the confusion, as does the fact that there was much trading of gold ores and objects from Panama, because the metal was not plentiful in Costa Rica" (1968: p. 127).