String of beads

A.D. 700–1520

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


65 cm (25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Beads made from thin sheets of gold; worn around neck or waist. Average size bead is 0.2 x 0.5 cm. The diversity of shapes, from thin ring-like beads to wider ones and even a composite-form bead strongly suggests these beads came from a number of different items of body adornment. Stringing is modern.


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