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Gold Harpy Eagle Pendant - FJ.6054
Origin: Costa Rica, Panama
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 4.4" (11.2cm) high
Catalogue: V21
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The most powerful eagle in the world, the harpy eagle has been cast in gold for eternity. The composition is full of dynamic soaring energy and emphasizes the wings, exaggerated tail and head tufts. Delicate lines of gold have been added to the lower edges of the wings. Two bulbous eyes of applied gold stare out at us on either side of the enormous beak. The "all seeing eyes" of the harpy eagle were desired by all shamans who wished to possess this quality of omnipotence. A strong, hooked beak and remarkably powerful claws exemplify the magnitude of force the bird contains. Beautiful swirling scrolls of gold adorn either side of the head and the neck reveals a special filigree ornament. Harpy eagle mythic roles involved supernatural or extraordinary traits. This gold masterpiece which silently shimmers in all its glory and mystery before us is undoubtedly an exceptional work of art. It combines the powerful forces of artistic ingenuity with mythical imagery. - (FJ.6054)


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