Sheathing for a jaguar effigy

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


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

Dimensions

3.4 x 1.5 x 3.4 cm (1 5/16 x 9/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.789

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Gold

Thin sheet gold jaguar effigy figure embossed with circles and other markings typical of jaguar pelts. The effigy is composed of two sheets of hammered gold folded over to create the three-dimensional form. The jaguar is depicted in a standing position with head turned backwards. Its tail is curled underneath its legs and is grasped by the front paws.

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