Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
This figure may represent a shaman wearing an elaborate headdress that includes depictions of two diving bats. Bats, efficient hunters that sometimes feed on the blood of other animals, were associated with night and the underworld. By wearing such an ornament, a shaman would have taken on the strength, agility, and night vision of the bat so that he could travel through the cosmos and acquire knowledge inaccessible to other members of the community.
3 × 2 7/8 × 1 in. (7.6 × 7.3 × 2.5 cm) (show scale)
Dick S. Ramsay Fund and Alfred W. Jenkins Fund
Gold pendant in the form of a figurine of a shaman wearing an elaborate headdress that includes depictions of two diving bats, earrings, necklace, and a double-headed serpent belt.
Tairona. Pendant, 1000-1550 C.E. Gold, 3 × 2 7/8 × 1 in. (7.6 × 7.3 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund and Alfred W. Jenkins Fund, 70.157.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.157.2.jpg)
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