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Animal effigy pendant

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Stylized rendering of an animal effigy pendant. Biconically drilled hole through the tail area allows for suspension on a cord. End of curled tail is broken off. Agate is mottled gray-brown in color.


Excavated in the Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama, after 1930; by 1950 in a Private Collection, San José, Costa Rica; to Paul Pasher, New York, between 1950 and 1955 and kept with Manuel Miranda Pinto, San Salvador, El Salvador; brought to the United States, April 1970 and sold to the Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York; to the MFA, December 1971, purchase.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Coclé, A.D. 450–1550

Place of Origin

Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama


Overall: 4.2 x 2 x 6.6 cm (1 5/8 x 13/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants