Central Panama, (Sitio Conte), Conte Style / Supernatural Crocodilian Plaque / c. 700-900Central Panama, (Sitio Conte), Conte Style
Supernatural Crocodilian Plaque
c. 700-900

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Panamanian
Creator Name-CRT: Central Panama, (Sitio Conte), Conte Style
Title: Supernatural Crocodilian Plaque
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 900
Creation Date: c. 700-900
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: hammered and embossed gold
Dimensions: Overall: 25.1cm x 26.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1952.459
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. R. Henry Norweb, Mrs. Albert S. Ingalls, with additions from the John L. Severance Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: Grave 26, excavated by the Harvard Peabody Museum, 1930-1933
Style or Period: Central Panama, (Sitio Conte), Conte Style
Context: This plaque, which probably served as a breast-plate, was excavated by the Harvard Peabody Museum between 1930 and 1933. It was found at Sitio Conte in Tomb 26, the largest and most spectacular grave at the site. The tomb's principal occupant, buried in an upright, seated position, was a young adult male. He was accompanied in death by the bodies of 21 sacrificed companions, probably wives and retainers. The offerings of gold, pottery, and other goods placed with many of the corpses may have been their personal property. This gold plaque was among the principal occupant's possessions that were piled next to his body. The Supernatural being portrayed on the plaque combines both human and reptilian traits. Such composite creatures, sometimes called the 'Crocodile God,' were frequently portrayed on pottery vessels, whale tooth carvings, cast gold pendants, and hammered gold ornaments.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1952.459
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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