For several centuries large chest-sized pectorals of gold were made in ancient Colombia in different styles. Many were plain--virtually without decoration of any sort--relying completely on shape and surface for presence and character. This pectoral is unadorned, except that it has a thin strap winding through the central suspension hole at the top. The strap is a visually successful complement to the elegant simplicity of the pectoral.
(Lempertz Auction Gallery, Cologne, Germany, December 14–15, 1966, no. 1806); Jan Mitchell, New York, until 1991
Jones, Julie. The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, no. 49, pp. 180-181.
Jones, Julie, and Heidi King. "Gold of the Americas." The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 59, no. 4 (Spring 2002), p. 29.