Embossed adornment

A.D. 450–1520

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


Height x length: 6 x 10.8 cm (2 3/8 x 4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)


Americas, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Tear drop-shaped, embossed adornment with multiple perforations for attachment to clothing, headdress or body. One of a pair (see 1971.1004).


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