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    c. 800 - 400 BC

    The small and dramatic pendant is carved from a choice jadeite stone, most likely a section of ceremonial celt split into multiple heirloom portions, and shows a strong face of a shaman in ritualistic trance between the human and animal world. His downturned mouth and thickened lips are indicative of the transformation to jaguar night prowlers. The forehead is extended past the eyes while the nasal bridge is deeply inset. These traits would show the cranium of a normal scenario for royalty infants, where the skull was deformed intentionally or, the depiction is a dwarf, the most revered of humans. Lines on either side of the head show expected human ears, and another set shows curving imagery of round ears such as a feline would be depicted. When studying this example, the face can easily appear to be an identical depiction of a cross-eyed infant such as the Olmec caused upon royal children by binding sticks to the head and suspending an object close to the eyes so, upon developing, the child's eyes learn to focus very close and cannot focus at all.

    Width: 1 ¾ inches

    Condition Report*: In overall excellent condition.  Surface with usual wear.  Jade intact.  No apparent restoration. 
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    15th Friday
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