University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 40-13-12
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Panama
Sitio Conte
Culture Area: Central America
Locus: Tr. 2, B 11, Skeleton F
Length: 19.5cm
Width: 21cm
Credit Line:Panama, Cocle Expedition; J. Alden Mason, 1940
Other NumberG-54 - Field No SF


Very exotic. Symmetrical. Angular human face with oval eyes and crescentic nasal nares. Hooked ears. Great wide mouth full of triangular teeth. Headdress ending in claws. Torso only to waist. Depressed triangle in chest. Curvilinear arms ending in great claws. Long snake-like connection between mouth or neck of human figure and strange animals on either side at top. It seems to support animals by back with legs hanging down, head upside down, and arms outstretched. Scales (?) on one side of supporting band. Animals have quasi-human feet with heels and claws, like bear. Front half with outstretched legs (arms?) with human-like hands, claw thumbs. Heads are monstrous, gaping mouth full of triangular teeth in both jaws. Elongated curving tongue. Large round eyes with central dots. Pyramidal crest on heads. Dead? Two pair suspension holes.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

River of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte (23 Sep 2007 - 16 Dec 2007)View Objects in Exhibition
River of Gold: Pre-Colombian Treasures from Sitio Conte (09 Apr 1988 - 22 May 1988)View Objects in Exhibition
River of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte (2nd showing) (21 Mar 1992 - 18 Oct 1992)View Objects in Exhibition
Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama (07 Feb 2015 - 02 Nov 2015)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Hearne Jardine, Pamela H. & Sharer, Robert J. 1992. River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 6View Objects cited in this Publication

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