Diquis Pre-columbian Gold Tiger Bell. X Century. Costa Rica
Diquis Gold Bell with a Tiger Surmounted on Top.
This beautiful and heavy piece is a bell of high karat gold cast by the lost was method. Hangs from a lop on side and a jaguar cat on top with wide open mouth showing menacing teeth. The sound it produces is full and sweet, A rather small piece but powerful and very showy. The smooth areas of the jaguar and the bell are divided by a braided cord around the top of the bell and gives texture and equilibrium to the piece.