Gold sheathing

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


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

Dimensions

3.1 x 3 cm (1 1/4 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.910

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Gold

Gold sheathing for the end of a ceremonial rod or other ritual object, with three embossed rings encircling the sheathing. The lack of suspension holes suggests its use as a rod sheathing rather than the sheathing for a pendant. The single hole near the top is caused by deterioration of the metal and is not a suspension hole.

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