Galerie Ariana
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1071306 (stock #MG001)
Galerie Ariana
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A museum quality Mayan necklace of ancient greenstone beads from the Mezcala culture, Mexico. It is estimated to date from the late Classic period (500-950 A.D.) and is comprised of 34 beads with a carved greenstone masquette as the center pendant. The necklace is a mix of tubular, round, and pebble beads, individually hand-drilled and polished, ranging from 3-18 mm in diameter, and 4-24 mm in length. The longest tubular bead is 24 mm in length. The necklace is strung on cotton linen threads and is closed with a toggle clasp. The pendant measures 3 cm in width and 4.1 cm in length and depicts a stylized humanoid figure with drilled eyes and three etched lines at the top indicating a nose. These dark speckled beads are commonly referred to as "jade" but are more precisely the mineral metadiorite. The necklace measures 26 cm (10 1/4 inches) in length in the bifold, 43.2 cm (17 inches) when elongated. Weight: 122 grams (4.3 oz). Pre-Columbian necklaces such as this one were commonly valued as status symbols by the Maya. The condition of this necklace is near excellent, showing normal wear for its age.