Bird effigy pendant

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


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

Dimensions

1.8 x 1 x 2.3 cm (11/16 x 3/8 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1971.788

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold bird effigy pendant with long beak, trilobed double crest, splayed talons and curled tail. A suspension ring is attached to its chest area, and its body was originally represented by a stone insert (now lost). See 1971.799 for a similar pendant.

Provenance

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