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Olmec Quartz Small Maskette COA

Olmec Quartz Small Maskette COA

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1331771

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This beautiful Olmec maskette is 36mm long and 27mm wide. It is made from transparent high grade flawless quartz with very high energy. It has a very solid hole at the top center making it perfect to add a gold loop for everyday wear as a pendant. It is nicely scooped in the back. There are two things that make this piece extremely rare and desirable. The first is the size. In 40 years of collecting, I have seen only two authentic Olmec maskettes that are this small. The other is the jade pendant on this website. I have seen many come on the market in the last few years that are modern reproductions. The size allows one to wear this as a jewelry piece which is always desirable. It is also a fabulous pocket piece. The second is the quartz material. For some reason, quartz artifacts are far more rare than jade although jade is far more rare than quartz. I have never seen another Olmec quartz maskette. I have only seen a handful of authentic pre-Columbian artifacts made from quartz. This piece shows fabulous patina. The hole is bow drilled and is correct. Bow drilling is obvious for the eyes, mouth and ears. There is no evidence of modern tool marks. It comes with a Bill Breckinridge COA using Laser Spectrographic and microscopic evaluation, visible spectrum florescence and UV examination. This is truly an incredible find. I may never see another one like it in my lifetime. Due to a recent diagnosed major health problem, I have dropped the price of this piece and all my items by at least 50% to at or below the price I paid many years ago. Now is the time to pick up a great deal. My loss is your gain. This piece was $3500.