Embossed gold vulture effigy
Place of Origin: Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama
3.2 x 0.8 x 4.3 cm (1 1/4 x 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Two-sided, embossed sheet gold object depicting two bilaterally symmetrical vultures rendered in profile. Although it is likely this object served as some type of personal adornment, no suspension holes survive that would imply its function as a pendant or other type of body adornment.
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