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    An Important Maya Jade Pectoral
    c. 500 - 800 AD

    Superbly carved sea-foam green jade oval delicately carved on one side to depict a head encased in an elaborate headdress, beneath is a small human head contained in scrolling barbels or tendrils. As part of their royal duties, ancient Maya kings and queens would impersonate avian deities during masked performances. This portrays a ruler or warrior wearing a bird mask; the hooked beak recalls that of a raptor, and finely wrought details represent jade ornaments and feathers. The small head below most likely representing the severed head of a captive. Drilled from sides for suspension. Chip on lower left corner area, otherwise in excellent condition.

    Width: 3 ½ inches


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    16th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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