Pre-Columbian gold at its finest! From ancient Colombia, ca. 600-1000 A.D. Lost wax cast, high karat yellow gold pendant in the form of a recumbent reptile bearing a squared snout with wide grin exposing a row of teeth and fangs. He bears bulging, frog-like eyes, slender body with legs and arms at rest, front paws house the suspension loops, and a large, high standing tail with serrated edge and openwork, cut-out triangles bordered by a thin register of rope motif. 2-1/2"L nose to tail, minor casting flaws throughout, else intact and sturdy. 53.7 grams total weight.
ProvenanceEx-private TX Collection, ex-Arte Primitivo, gold authenticated/validated by Robert Sonin (Pre-Columbian Gold Subject Matter Expert).
Ancient South America