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    Set of Four Pendants: Frontal Faces with Headdresses
    Maya
    A.D. 600 - 800
    Jadeite, red pigment
    (A) Height 2 7/16 in. Width 2 1/4 in.
    (B) Height 3 1/8 in. Width 2 3/4 in.
    (C) Height 3 1/8 in. Width 2 9/16 in.
    (D) Height 2 13/16 in. Width 2 1/16 in.

    These four closely similar pendants are cut from the same cobble of jadeite and can, exercising some ingenuity, be fit together sequentially from A to D as listed above. It is most unusual to have an original group worked from a single piece of jadeite still together after over 1250 years. All show a frontal face with headdress, earspools, and necklace. The headdresses of pendants B, C, and D have the conventional representation of a jaguar, seen as engulfing the wearer's face in its maw. The headdress of pendant A shows a central, vertically-oriented long oval element, from which two scroll forms issue to either side. This personage also wears a necklace of round beads. The other three show variants of necklaces based on a central medallion flanked by scrolls. Each pendant is drilled for suspension near the top diagonally from the side to the back. All four pendants were rubbed all over with a red mineral pigment (almost certainly cinnabar), a considerable amount of which remains, especially in the deeper cuts. The condition of all four is excellent.

    Provenance
    Enrique Vargas, San José, Costa Rica
    Richard Sirkin, M.D., Buffalo, New York
    David Walley, Pontotoc, Mississippi



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    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
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