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A lovely Mayan jade pendant, c. AD 600 - 800, carved in the form of a facing head wearing an elaborate headdress and earspools. The piece beautifully incorporates the shape of the stone and is drilled at either side for suspension. 2 3/4 x 3 in (7 x 5 cm). Well-preserved with mineral deposits within the recesses. Custom metal stand. Jade, be it nephrite or, as in this piece, Jadeite, was highly prized by the Mayans as in other Mesoamerican cultures. Beyond a simple material value, Jade was associated symbolically with life and death. Along with colors mirroring water and vegetation as well as associations with the sun and the wind Jade had important spiritual and religious significance. Ex Chicago private collection assembled prior to 1970.


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A lovely Mayan jade pendant in the form of a head

Estimate $500 - $800May 04