User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Horseshoe crab effigy

Start collecting

Open back cast gold pendant in the form of a horseshoe crab. A double wire suspension ring is cast on the rear surface below the tail-body junction point.


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. 450–1520

Object Place

Sitio Conté area, Coclé Province, Panama


Overall: 1.7 x 2.2 cm (11/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique





Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants