Animal effigy pendant

A.D. 450–1550

Place of Origin: Coclé Province, Panama, Sitio Conte area


Overall: 4.2 x 2 x 6.6 cm (1 5/8 x 13/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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Americas, Jewelry



Stylized rendering of an animal effigy pendant. Biconically drilled hole through the tail area allows for suspension on a cord. End of curled tail is broken off. Agate is mottled gray-brown in color.

Finely carved stone adornments, often in the shape of animals or spirit beings, may have been amulets for supernatural protection or totemic symbols of lineage.


Excavated in the Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama, after 1930; by 1950 in a Private Collection, San José, Costa Rica; to Paul Pasher, New York, between 1950 and 1955 and kept with Manuel Miranda Pinto, San Salvador, El Salvador; brought to the United States, April 1970 and sold to the Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York; to the MFA, December 1971, purchase.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay