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Pectoral Ornament with Dot Decoration
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Pectoral Ornament with Dot Decoration

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Description When Christopher Columbus arrived in present-day Panama and Costa Rica, he was greeted by warriors and men of high status wearing hammered gold discs, which were stitched to armbands or worn as pendants on the chest (pectorals). These gold disks demonstrate one of the forms that could be produced by hammering. Gold was worked using a variety of techniques, including hammering and mechanical joining. Because the metal is soft and malleable, hammered gold was generally quite pure. Stone anvils and tools were used to hammer gold from ingots. Shapes were cut using stone or copper chisels.
  • Gold of the Ancient Americas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2015.
Provenance Tiffany & Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters from Tiffany & Co., 1911

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gold or gold alloy
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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Diam: 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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