Gold bead

Tairona
A.D. 1000–1550


Object Place: Magdalena Department, Colombia, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region

Dimensions

1.5 x 0.8 cm (9/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.816

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Beads

Geometric anthropomorphic form with incised decoration. Ring on back allows for stringing on a necklace. One of a group of alloy pendants (1971.813-1971.817).

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