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Sheathing for a jaguar effigy

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Thin sheet gold jaguar effigy figure embossed with circles and other markings typical of jaguar pelts. The effigy is composed of two sheets of hammered gold folded over to create the three-dimensional form. The jaguar is depicted in a standing position with head turned backwards. Its tail is...

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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


3.4 x 1.5 x 3.4 cm (1 5/16 x 9/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

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