Avian effigy pendant

Diquís or Gran Chiriquí
A.D. 700–1550


Object Place: Costa Rica or Panama

Dimensions

2.2 x 2.5 cm (7/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

1971.811

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Gold pendant cast in the form of an eagle with outstretched wings and tail. Small ring at back of head allows for suspension on a cord.

Provenance

After about 1930, excavated in the Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama. Between about 1950 and 1955, acquired from a private collection, San Jose, Costa Rica by Paul Pasher and, about 1955, entrusted by him to Manuel Miranda Pinto, San Salvador, El Salvador; April 1970, returned by Manuel Miranda Pinto to Paul Pasher, New York; 1970, sold by Paul Pasher to the Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York; 1971, sold by Merrin Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 8, 1971)

NOTE: Before acquiring Paul Pasher's collection of Panamanian gold (accession nos. 1971.783-1971.1129 and 1972.940-1972.944) the MFA contacted the National Commission on Historical Archaeology and Monuments, Panama; the president of the Commission responded that no objections were raised to the acquisition.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay