Of all of the animals represented in Pre-Columbian gold from Central America, the vulture and the frog are the most common. Frogs and toads emit secretions that are used by shamans to induce visions, but also as poisons. Frogs can go dormant for long periods during the dry season, appearing to come back from the […]

Bat Pendant

People of considerable wealth or power would have worn gold objects. Animal figures had great symbolic importance in ancient Central America and sometimes represented shamans—spiritual practitioners who harnessed the power of animals and interacted with nature and the spirit world. Gold was worn not only by the living but also by the buried dead. The […]