Hollow ring or sheathing

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


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

Dimensions

5.1 diameter x 4.5 cm (2 x 1 3/4 in.) length each piece

Accession Number

1971.977

Medium or Technique

Copper and gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Gold

Two half circle sections of a hollow ring. The piece may be the surviving metal sheathing of some object of body adornment which was made from wood or other organic material. Although registrar’s files call this a “nose ring”, there is no indication of such a function on on these two segments.

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

Museum purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay