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Spatula or chisel

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Thin spatula or chisel of unknown function. The pointed end is broken off (likely prior to coming to museum).


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. 700–1550

Place of Origin

Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama


3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.) long

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Medium or Technique

Gold, copper and other metals alloy




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