Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Valley of Oaxaca, Zapotec, ca. 500 to 700 CE. A grand necklace comprised of ancient stone disc spacers interspersed with green and white/grey stone barrel/lozenge shaped beads, a central radiating bone bead suspended between two jade tubular beads that are capped with white stone ear flares and white shell cylindrical beads, and finally, at the upper end, a pair of long curved bone beads capped by two white shell beads. Made to impress in a manner reminiscent of those depicted on Zapotec sculptures of seated lords! Size: ~22" L (55.9 cm); central bone pendant measures 1.375" in diameter (3.5 cm); longer jade bead measures 1.875" L (4.8 cm); longer curved bone bead measures 3.75" L (9.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private New York collection; ex-Patti Birch collection, New York, active in the 1960s - 70s
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