21 November 2006
PAIR OF MAYAN JADE HEADBAND ORNAMENTS
LATE CLASSIC, ca. A.D. 550 - 950
each finely carved in relief in the form of a four-petaled flower, each petal surrounded by a scalloped border; in rich apple green jade, pierced in the center.
Widths 1 1/2 in. each (3.9 cm) (2)
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Cf. Blood of Kings, pl. 8
These ornaments were attached to dignitaries' feather or cloth headbands. On Yaxchilan, Lintel 26, Shield Jaguar (fig. 1) sports a headband ornamented with such jade plaques.
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