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Mayan Jade Pendant - Deity Emerging from Snail

Lot 0107
Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, ca. 6th to 9th c. CE. A hand-carved and hand-polished jade pendant depicting a deity with a grand headdress and earspools emerging from a snail shell, perhaps God N/Bacab (Old God of earth and thunder, sky carrier), and a mirroring visage emerging from the other end of the shell. A fine example with meticulously delineated facial features. Custom stand. Perforated for suspension. Size: 3" L x 2" H (7.6 cm x 5.1 cm); 3.5" H (7.6 cm x 8.9 cm) on stand

The Maya had a preference for apple-green jade; however this example is somewhat unusual as it boasts blue-green hues more akin to the jade works of earlier Olmec peoples. This said, the styling and iconography confirm that it is an example of Mayan visual culture.

Provenance: Ex-Private Jones collection, United Kingdom

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Repair to one end as shown. Else excellent.

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Mayan Jade Pendant - Deity Emerging from Snail

Estimate $600 - $900Feb 9, 2017