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Pre-Columbian Xochipala Jade Ear Ornaments

Pre-Columbian Xochipala Jade Ear Ornaments

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1225071

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Xochipala Jade Ear Ornaments. Mexico. Circa. 1200 - 1000 B.C. 1 7/8”L x 1 7/16” W. A matched pair of carved, thin, pale green jade plaques having incised carvings, each showing a crested bird’s head with open work mouth. Each perforated at the back of the head for suspension, one with a perforation above the birds eye. Both are intact, exc. cond. It was common practice in antiquity to recycle and re-carve broken jade objects. These were carved from what was a large ovoid slab having a rimmed border. This also explains the additional perforation above one of the birds eye and the rim on the reverse of both ornaments. Photo of earrings in hand best for accurate color. Provenance: Collection of David Bramhall.