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Pre-Columbian Mayan Jade Pendant

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Pre-Columbian Mayan Jade Pendant

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Item Details

  • Width:
    1 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    2 Inches
  • Period:
  • Origin:
    Not Applicable
 For the Pre-Columbian Maya, jade was the preferred stone for denoting status and sacredness.  In fact, throughout Mesoamerica jade's value was based on its relative scarcity, the polished stone's brilliant, glossy surface, its translucent colors which ranged from light to luxuriant blue-green, and the challenge of carving the stone due to its hardness. In addition to jade's impressive visual qualities and rarity, jade was symbolically linked to the miracle of the earth's fecundity, the maize god, and the life-giving promise of green plants and blue-green water. Together, these attributes made the stone the most valuable of all materials to adorn the nobility and the gods. 

It is difficult to discern the correct geographical origin of these adornments because of the trade routes that existed during this period. It is possible that this pendant was found in the Central American region as there is ample evidence of trade routes between the ancient communities of Central America and the Mayan and Olmec cultures.

This pendant exemplifies the aesthetic variety and technical expertise of Late Classic Maya jadeite carvers. The pendant is carved in the standardized frontal rendering of a noble person wearing the formal head gear of the ruling elite, with unique features that document more than five hundred years of the jadeite carver's art. Flat pendants, such as this one, exemplify Middle and Late Classic figural pendant styles with the distinctive headdresses and impressive jade earflares and bead necklaces worn by the nobility.

Circa, 200-500 AD
1 1/2"w x 2" h

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Price: $2,450
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