Chiriqui Gold Pendant of a Composite Animal - FJ.2985, Origin: Costa Rica, Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD, Dimensions: 2.125" (5.4cm) depth, Catalogue: V10, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Chiriqui, Medium: Gold. The ancient artist seems here to have let his imagination run free to create an animal not known in nature, It appears part crocodile, part butterfly, part bird--a fantastic citizen of the golden forest. Whatever species it belongs to, it is undeniably beautiful, with an abstract charm. We are caught up by the timeless magic of this golden amulet. If such an animal does not exit, then perhaps it ought to.