Embossed gold disk

A.D. 700–1520

Place of Origin: Coclé Province, Panama


3.8 x 4 cm

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Gold disk embossed with bilaterally symmetrical abstract representation of a spread-eagle human body. The head has been replaced by two bifurcated lines. Two suspension holes below the legs allow for attachment to clothing or suspension as a body adornment.


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.

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Museum purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay