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Embossed gold vulture effigy

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Two-sided, embossed sheet gold object depicting two bilaterally symmetrical vultures rendered in profile. Although it is likely this object served as some type of personal adornment, no suspension holes survive that would imply its function as a pendant or other type of body adornment.

Provenance

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. 700–1520

Place of Origin

Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama

Dimensions

3.2 x 0.8 x 4.3 cm (1 1/4 x 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.802

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Gold