12 November 2004
A PAIR OF MAYAN JADE EAR FLARES
Late Classic, ca. A.D 550-950
Each with gently recessed disc with a centrally pierced roundel; in celadon green; carved out of one thin translucent sheet of stone.
Diameter 2 3/8 each (6 cm.) (2)
Carlo Gay Collection
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These earflares with their exceptionally thin walls were a considerable challenge to carve out of the steel-hard jade.
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