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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.
Late Classic Period
Lent by The Guennol Collection
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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)
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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.
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