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    Mosaic Portrait Maskette
    A.D. 600 - 800
    Jadeite, Weight 58 grams
    Height 2 5/16 in. Width 3 1/16 in.

    Among the Maya portrait masks in sizes ranging from life-sized to miniature were constructed on wood matrices as mosaics comprised of jadeite and other valued and beautiful materials. Many of these, such as this splendid example, are vividly portrait-like. Life-sized masks found in several excavated burials confirm the portrait intent for those examples. Though small, the present mask projects vital energy, as well as being made up of particularly carefully shaped and fitted individual pieces. One cannot help noticing a tantalizing resemblance to the famous life-sized mask from Pakal's tomb at Palenque. Though reassembled on a modern backing, the condition of the all original components is excellent.

    Murray Korda, Orwell, Vermont
    Splendors of the World, Haiku, Hawaii

    This lot is sold with a statement of authenticity from the distinguished expert Robert Sonin.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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