Veraguas, Panama, 9th-15th century, gold: This pendant in form of a monkey holding its tail is less than three inches in size. In some Mesoamerican cultures, the monkey is considered mysterious because it looks and acts so human-like. Because they live in trees and eat fruits and foliage, some traditions associate monkeys with vegetation the sun and sky.
The Mallia Bee Pendant was recovered from a looted Minoan tomb on the Mediterranean island of Crete. Made of gold, the bee iconography of this piece is a testament to the importance of bees to society in the Late Bronze Age.
Gold Figure Pendant Date: 5th–10th century Geography: Colombia Culture: Quimbaya or Sinu (?) Medium: Gold Dimensions: H. 1 3/4 x W. 1 3/8 x D. 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.5 x 1 cm) Classification: Metal-Ornaments