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    Collar with Beaded Edges
    Veraguas, Chiriquí, Diquís
    A.D. 700/800 - 1500
    Gold, Weight 182.9 grams
    Height 8 1/16 in. Width 10 1/16 in.

    The small neck opening of this massive semi-circular ornament suggests that it may have been a breast ornament rather than a collar. The careful spacing of the beading and the degree of finish given the paired suspension holes indicate the work of a fine craftsman. This is further confirmed by the even distribution and depth of the hammer peen marks still visible on the unburnished back. Similar status-indicative ornaments had a wide geographic distribution, but the context of this example in the group of gold pieces originally assembled by Charles Craig suggests the regional attribution assigned here. In addition to age patination there are numerous small surface scratches and some small ancient patches. There are two cracks, one at the inside proper right rim and one at just proper left of center on the outside rim.

    The lot is sold with a statement of authenticity from the distinguished expert Robert Sonin.

    Provenance
    Charles Craig, Santa Barbara



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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