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Three saurians effigy pendant

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Cast gold pendant of three conjoined saurians (lizards or crocodiles), with upraised arms and widely splayed legs. Concave belly areas originally held inlays (likely of stone). Each saurian has a suspension ring at the back of its neck.

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

Macaracas or Parita, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Azuero Peninsula, Panama

Dimensions

2.5 x 4.8 cm (1 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1971.783

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants