Embossed gold pectoral
Place of Origin: Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama
4.4 x 7.8 cm (1 3/4 x 3 1/16 in.)
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Elliptical gold disk in the shape of a butterfly with embossed bilaterally summetrical serpent motifs on the wings. Two perforations for suspension also serve as the butterfly’s eyes. Traces of red pigment on front lower left wing area.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay