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Embossed gold pectoral

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Hammered gold disk embossed with the bilaterally symmetrical image of a saurian, perhaps based on the crocodile. Four pairs of perforations allow for suspension or typing onto clothing. One of a pair (see 1972.942).


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 Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, by October 1972; to MFA, October 1972, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Coclé, A.D. 700–1520

Place of Origin

Coclé Province, Sitio Conte area, Panama


9.52 x 9.52 cm (3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pectorals