University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 40-13-6
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Cocle
Provenience: Panama
Sitio Conte
Culture Area: Central America
Locus: Tr. 2 , B 11, 3rd level, square 15
Section:American
Materials:Gold
Depth: 22cm
Credit Line:Panama, Cocle Expedition; J. Alden Mason, 1940
Other NumberG241 - Field No SF
CS-105 - Other Number

Description

Slightly bent, workmanship possibly a little inferior. Two pairs suspension holes, both arranged vertically, symetrical. Front view anthropomorphic figure, human head and face. Arms an legs outstretched, legs flared. Large human head, flat across top. Large oval eyes with indented horizontal pupil. Nose with large nostrils. Very large oval mouth with trisangular teeth. Large non-human ears with grreat curving ornament. Large branching two headdress-like deer horns with angular or curving spikes and crescent ends. Large intaglio triangle in breast. Human arms ending in claw fingers and smaller thumb. Legs quasi-human but curving and without knee angle, and of same width throughout. Upside down dragon profile heads in place of human feet, each with two five clawed front paws. Large profile mouth, open and full of triangular teeth. Large round eyes with central intaglio pupils. Curved beak like bird's, and crest to rear of head. Body of dragon may be same as lower leg of human. From human knee an element shoots off which may be dragon's leg or tail, ending in flaring enlargement, not in claw. Apparently non-biomorphical spiked elements, spikes angular or curving, fill interstices around upper human leg and around dragon's tail (?). Art very exotic (to us).


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

Bibliography:

[Book] Hearne Jardine, Pamela H. & Sharer, Robert J. 1992. River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 4View Objects cited in this Publication

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