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Arts of the Americas

Like the Olmec, the Maya associated jade with water and fertility. It was the preferred stone for denoting status, prestige, and sacredness—qualities that explain why it was used for this pendant depicting a nobleman or a ruler. The figure is shown seated crosslegged and in profile, wearing an elaborate headdress adorned with long feathers.
MEDIUM Jadeite
DATES 600–900 C.E.
PERIOD Late Classic Period
DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 x 2 3/16 in. (3.8 x 5.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Lent by The Guennol Collection
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dark green jadeite plaque depicting a seated, crosslegged figure shown in profile and facing toward the right. He wears an elaborate headdress from which hang long feathers. His overall appearance is that of an important dignitary. The piece is pierced through the side indicating that it was worn as a pendant.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Maya. Plaque, 600–900 C.E. Jadeite, 1 1/2 x 2 3/16 in. (3.8 x 5.6 cm). Lent by The Guennol Collection, L56.10.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L56.10.2_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, L56.10.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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