Displaying a seated figure who perhaps represents royalty, nobility, or a deity, this pendant figure was carved and polished from green jade. The figure wears a large elaborate headdress and is seated with legs crossed and one hand up, perhaps making an offering. The color of the stone and perhaps the figure likely connect the piece to Mayan notions of fertility and power.
The era during which this pendant was created was toward the end of the greatest flowering of Mayan civilization, where many cities, monuments, roads, and trade networks extended from Central America to central Mexico.
[Sotheby’s, New York, May 19, 2001, lot 522];
[Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, NY];
Sotheby’s, New York, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, May 19, 2001, lot 522.