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Ex. Rare Olmec Museum Quality Translucent Jade Maskette 1000BC COA

Ex. Rare Olmec Museum Quality Translucent Jade Maskette 1000BC COA


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1443988

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This is a spectacular IMPORTANT Olmec jade maskette pendant depicting a mythical transformational were-jaguar with very rare features. It has the face and mouth of the most famous Olmec artifact of all, the "Kunz Axe" which was the first artifact attributed to the Olmecs and found in 1890. The fangs and mouth on the Kunz axe are unique making this iconography an extremely rare piece. One expert theorized what at first appear to be whiskers on the upper lip in fact more closely resemble characteristics of two forked tongues especially in 3D. The wider lip also forces the nostrils higher towards the eyes resembling more attributes of a serpent. So this raises iconographic questions that cannot yet be answered. It is, however, possible that the figure represents yet another of the zoomorphic transformations such as the feathered serpent combined with the were-jaguar. It dates to about 1000BC. It is approximately 2" X 1 3/4" X 1/4". It has 11 drill holes. It is carved from a stunning piece of the rare and no-longer existing “Olmec Blue-Green” variety of jade that was once mined by the ancients in Guatemala. It is 100% translucent and is a spectacular fine-grained piece of jade. It is drilled to be hung and worn. The green bead and black necklace are modern but look very nice together. It has an honest and smooth patina throughout. Remnants of red cinnabar pigment remain in the recessed areas of the carving. Please email me for superb provenance. Mexican workshops have been turning out fake Olmec jades from green quartz in large quantities and luring new and advanced collectors with prices for a few hundred dollars. One bad piece in a collection casts suspicion on the entire collection. I’m sure if you are a jade collector, you know exactly what you are looking at. This is the most exquisite maskette that I have seen in a very long time. Comes with a Bill Jackson COA graded 9+. He has authenticated over 2,500,000 artifacts and has a large online presence.