Embossed gold pectoral

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


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

Dimensions

6.1 x 6.2 cm (2 3/8 x 2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.1026

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pectorals

Gold disk embossed with a rendering of a double-headed, bilaterally symmetical saurian based on the crocodile. Eight perforations allow for attachment to clothing or other body adornment.

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