String of tiny beads
Place of Origin: Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama
Overall: 30 x 2 cm (11 13/16 x 13/16 in.). Average diameter of beads is 2 cm.
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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.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay