Place of Origin: Coclé Province, Panama, Sitio Conte area
2.6 x 2.5 cm (1 x 1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Gold sheathing for the end of a ceremonial rod or other ritual object. The lack of suspension holes suggests its use as a ceremonial rod sheathing rather than that from a pendant, which is the usual function of this shape of gold sheathing. The 1-centimeter-wide hollow central shaft on the interior is surrounded by an unidentified dense gray substance. Also see 1971.910-1971.916.
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