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Mask (?) inlay of human eye

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Hammered gold inlay representing a human eye, elliptical shape with hollow center for iris inlay; perhaps from a mask. One of six (1971.820-825).

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

1.7 x 3.6 cm (11/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.824

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Gold