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    Maya Conch Shell Necklace with Skull Pendant

    Proto-Classic Maya, Northern Lowlands
    C. 200-400 AD
    12½" Long, Pendant 1½" Long

    The necklace is comprised of a set of thick beads crafted from a heavy conch core, all with an ivory hue and a few with rose highlights, the central pendant being a monkey skull with large eye sockets, protruding cheekbones, and teeth; the lower jaw appears to have not been attached. The monkey skull image was a frequent theme on Maya pendants, usually depicted in hard stones. The hard conch shell beads and pendant are scarce examples. The pendant has been highlighted within the eye sockets with some modern marker staining.


    Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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