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Object Number:40-13-27
Current Location: The Stories We Wear
Currently On Display
Provenience: Panama
Sitio Conte
Site Name/Number: Sitio Conte
Culture Area: Central American
Locus: Tr. 2, B 11
Date Made: 750-1000 CE
Early Date: 750
Late Date: 1000
Height: 3 cm
Length: 11 cm
Width: 4.5 cm
Credit Line:Panama, Cocle Expedition; J. Alden Mason, 1940
Other Number:G12 - Field No SF
43-27 - Other Number
CS-101 - Other Number


Shown upside down in grave photo above three plaques and beside object with gold inlay. Jaguar. Large pillow shaped emerald set in back surrounded by four part gold edging. Outer ones continuous, inner ones bead-like. Pair of decorative, sinuous, "wings" at back of emerald with loose thin moveable gold leaf attached. Four legs and feet projecting foreward, each with five similar curving claws, plus one beneath upcurving. Head with rude open mouth full of teeth above and below. Two flat tongues from mouth curving back and ending in scroll at neck. Very bulging eyes at top, almost spherical. Blunt nose with nostrils to sides consisting of four vertical fine-wire sections. Pair of short pointed horns (ears?) on top of head. Long raised tail of rectangular section ending in pair of fixed spiked "wheels." Between them a third wire with loose thin leaf ornament. Small attached horizontal tube for suspension on chest between front legs.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Artifacts in Bloom ( Nov 1999 - Nov 1999) View Objects in Exhibition
Philadelphia Discovers: Discovery Ball (04 May 1985 - 04 May 1985) 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
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 (23 Sep 2007 - 16 Dec 2007) View Objects in Exhibition
Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition
Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama (07 Feb 2015 - 02 Nov 2015) View Objects in Exhibition
The Stories We Wear (25 Sep 2021 - 12 Jun 2022) View Objects in Exhibition
Excerpts from The Stories We Wear ( Aug 2022) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Sharer, Robert J., and Hearne Jardine, Pamela H. 1992. River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 20View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Scott, John F., and Easby, Elizabeth K. 1970. Before Cortes: Sculpture of Middle America.. New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 256, fig. 231View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Wardwell, Allen. 1968. The Gold of Ancient America.. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 110, fig. 91View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Mason, John A. 1943. "The Lesser Archaeological Cultures of Mexico and Central America: American Collections: The Ancient Civilizations of Middle America". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 10. no. 1-2. pg. 49-56 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 53, fig. 36View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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