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Geometric anthropomorphic form with incised decoration. Ring on back allows for stringing on a necklace. One of a group of alloy pendants (1971.813-1971.817).


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

Tairona, A.D. 1000–1550

Object Place

Magdalena Department, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region, Colombia


2.3 x 0.7 cm (7/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Beads