Choose from the following zoom modes:
-or-

Select image to view:

Pre-Columbian Pair of Maya Ear Plugs

Loading...
Lens Options
Size: S / M / L / XL

Zoom Level: I / II / III / VI

Advanced Settings

Pre-Columbian Pair of Maya Ear Plugs

- Item No.

Item Details

  • Diameter:
    1 1/4" Inches
  • Period:
    Pre-18th Century
  • Origin:
    America
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.

These ear plugs demonstrate the aesthetic variety and technical expertise of Late Classic Maya jadeite carvers. Jade ear flares, such as these, are seen on numerous representations of Maya nobility and would have been worn with an ornate headdress and elaborate beaded necklaces.  Iconographic evidence exists that shows us that the entire Maya personage would have been covered in heavy Jade ornamentation, portraying the ultimate spectacle and display of status and rulership. 

Circa, 200-500 AD
Diameter: 1 1/4"

Request More Information

Please submit your question/comment below.

Join our email and enjoy advance notice of acquisitions, events and exclusive sales promotions.


Close [X]
Request a Phone Call

An M. S. Rau sales consultant will call you within 4 to 6 hours during our normal business hours (9am - 5:15pm CST and closed on Sundays) or by noon the next business day if we receive your request after business hours. We look forward to speaking with you.


*We need your zip Code to determine your time zone.

Close [X]
Add to my Collection Email to a Friend

Share this item with your spouse, your decorator or a fellow collector...you can even send it to several email addresses at once. Fill out this form and we'll send them a link to this item.

Close [X]

You are currently not logged in. Please Sign In to create a collection or add items to your existing collection(s).

If you do not have an account, please Register and enjoy benefits immediately.


Close [X]
Price: $2,450
Add to my Bag

To order by phone or for more info call
1-888-518-6386