Zoomorphic effigy pendant

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


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

Dimensions

3 x 2 cm (1 3/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.803

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Pendant in the form of an animal, perhaps a leaf-nosed bat, which originally was conjoined to a second animal (broken away). The concave abdomen originally was inlaid with a semeiprecious stone or similar shiny material. A ring at the back of each animal’s neck allows for suspension on a cord. One of three (1971.803-.805).

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