Since the 1920s, archaeologists excavating in the Panama province of Coclè have uncovered a number of artifacts from Pre-Columbian native cultures. The artifacts found over the years include textiles and bowls and figurines made of bone, ivory, clay, shell and precious metals like gold. Many of these artifacts are highly stylized. Clay bowls and vessels were often decorated with inks in purplish hues and feature faces of shamans and warriors. Coclè artisans carved various deities, fertility goddesses and animal figures.
This week we are featuring a Pre-Columbian Coclè gold frog pendant from circa 1,000 AD.