COLLECTION D'UN GRAND AMATEUR
Post Lot Text
COCLE GOLD PECTORAL
PARITA, AZUERO PENINSULA, CA. A.D. 800-1500
Of circular form repoussé with an anthropomorphic alligator deity, standing with legs akimbo and arms upraised with curling claws, square-shaped face, baring pointed teeth, the head flanked by supernatural creatures; pierced with eight perforations for attachment.
It has been suggested that the pervasive crested alligator imagery in Cocle art may actually be more pertinent to iguanas, which have been associated with rulership in the ethnographic literature.