String of tiny beads

A.D. 700–1520

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


Overall: 24 x 2 cm (9 7/16 x 13/16 in.). Average diameter of beads is 2 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Tiny beads made from sheet gold, strung on a cord and worn around the neck, arm or waist. One of three strings of tiny beads (1971.898-1971.900). The current stringing is of modern origin.


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