COLLECTION D'UN GRAND AMATEUR
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VERAGUAS DIQUIS GOLD PECTORAL
CA. A.D. 800-1500
The large hammered ornament embossed with four stylized faces each wearing stippled, bipartite coiffure, shaman's top knot, toothly grin and squared eyes, each separated by a boss, with a central, larger boss, the circumference surrounded by a double row of beadwork; a pair of suspension holes on one side.
While on his fourth voyage to the New World in 1502, Christopher Columbus sailed along the coast of Central America, from present-day Honduras to Panama. During this part of the voyage, he and his men saw and traded with the Indians for 'mirrors' of gold. The Indians wore the mirrors around their necks but it is a possibility that such a gold was called a 'mirror' by Columbus.