Embossed gold pectoral

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


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

Dimensions

7 x 7 cm (2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1971.1030

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pectorals

Gold disk embossed with a bilaterally symmetical motif that may represent a human head wearing a duck-billed, bucal mask. Two perforations in the center of the disk 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