Human head effigy

Chiriquí or Parita
A.D. 700–1550

Object Place: Panama, Chiriquí region or Azuero Peninsula

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





Three dimensional representation of a human head with outstretched arms attached to each side of the head. The object may be the lid or top from a two-sectioned figural object, suggested by the two small perforations at the back of the head for its attachment to another piece. What ever the form of the lower section, it does not appear to be in the museum’s collection.


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