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Gold sheathing

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Gold sheathing for the end of a ceremonial rod or other ritual object. The lack of suspension holes suggests its use as a ceremonial rod sheathing rather than that from a pendant, which is the usual function of this shape of gold sheathing. Also see 1971.910-1971.916.


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.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

Coclé, A.D. 700–1520

Place of Origin

Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama


2.5 x 2.8 cm (1 x 1 1/8 in.)

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