Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1991
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
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 Jan Mitchell Collection." In The Art of Precolumbian Gold. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, 49, 180-181.