This unique Mayan translucent jade tube pipe is simply astounding and extremely detailed. The earliest mesoamerican pipes were tube pipes and date back to 1500BC. I know of only one other jade pipe. The material being smoked was inserted into the mouth of the serpent and inhaled from the other side. It was probably worn as a pendant until smoked. This is a particularly unique interpretation and rendition of a coiled snake. The serpent coils at the back and ends with the rattle underneath the bottom of the carving as does the forked tongue. This makes the head the central feature. The jade is gem quality and translucent. It is 1" X 1" X 1 5/8". It is simply spectacular and beyond rare. It is museum quality. It is in excellent original condition and has the original cinnabar highlighting the engraving. It is a no-brainer for authenticity. I no longer use 'in my opinion' COAs. I use Optically Stimulated Luminescence using the IR Raman Laser Spectrography which offers accuracy unachievable with other methods. This piece comes with a certificate of authenticity from Bill Breckinridge. He also used microscopic evaluation, visible spectrum florescence and UV examination. Trocadero does not allow links in the narrative. If you would like a link to a newspaper article on Bill Breckinridge and OPL, please email me at the address on my homepage.