12 November 2004
A PAIR OF MAYAN JADE EAR ORNAMENTS
Late Classic, ca. A.D. 550-950
Each frontal carved as a stylized parrot's head with recurved beak and incised caruncle, curling feathers surrounding the heads, the eye inlaid with a separate jade plaque in a brighter shade; in grass-green stone with extensive remains of red cinnabar.
Widths 2 1/2 and 2 3/8 in. (6.4 and 6 cm.) (2)
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T. Dickey, V. Muse, H. Wiencek, The God-Kings of Mexico, Canada, 1982, p. 62 bottom.
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Cf. Terre des Dieux, pl. 243
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