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Beautiful Pre-Columbian Stone & Shell Necklace

Lot 0053B Details

Description
Pre-Columbian, Guerrero to Maya periods, ca. 300 BCE to 800 CE. This is a modern strung collection of greenstone and red shell beads. The value of greenstone for ancient people lay in its symbolic power: perhaps its color was associated with water and vegetation; later, the Maya would place greenstone beads in the mouths of the dead. Many scholars have argued that the demand for these kinds of stone contributed to the rise of long distance trading networks and to the rise of urban centers in ancient Mesoamerica. This would have been an exceedingly valuable and rare piece of ceremonial art. The red shells provide a nice contrast and the piece is highly wearable. Size: 27" L x 0.75" W (68.6 cm x 1.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex - Private Denver, CO collection, acquired at Arte Primitivo

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#113977
Condition
Modern string; beads have expected signs of age wear.
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Beautiful Pre-Columbian Stone & Shell Necklace

Estimate
$500
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$700
Jun 02, 2016
Starting Price
$200
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0053B: Beautiful Pre-Columbian Stone & Shell Necklace

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$225
2 Bids
Est.
$500
-
$700
Starting Price
$200
Exceptional Antiquities | Ethnographic Art
Thu, Jun 02, 2016 11:00 AM
Buyer's Premium 22.5%

Lot 0053B Details

Description
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Pre-Columbian, Guerrero to Maya periods, ca. 300 BCE to 800 CE. This is a modern strung collection of greenstone and red shell beads. The value of greenstone for ancient people lay in its symbolic power: perhaps its color was associated with water and vegetation; later, the Maya would place greenstone beads in the mouths of the dead. Many scholars have argued that the demand for these kinds of stone contributed to the rise of long distance trading networks and to the rise of urban centers in ancient Mesoamerica. This would have been an exceedingly valuable and rare piece of ceremonial art. The red shells provide a nice contrast and the piece is highly wearable. Size: 27" L x 0.75" W (68.6 cm x 1.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex - Private Denver, CO collection, acquired at Arte Primitivo

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#113977
Condition
...
Modern string; beads have expected signs of age wear.

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