Aug 31, 2010
Aug 31, 2010

Ornament

Ornament

AD 250–550

Jadeite

Overall: 14.9 x 3.2 cm (5 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1972.3

Description

Greenstone ornaments were part of Maya nobles' regalia. This comes from an ornament that was cut in half in antiquity. The original, twice as wide, probably hung from an elaborate belt, crucial to royal costume.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Jade
Medium: 
Jadeite

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