Advanced Search

Pendant

Artist/Maker: Greater Nicoya (Costa Rica)

Date: ca. 1-500
Medium: jade
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (18.7 x 15.9 x 8.9 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Marcus J. Zbar
Object number: 82.0193
DescriptionJade carving was a major art form in Costa Rica during the Zoned Bichrome Period (Period IV). All jade objects recovered from burials of this period are drilled to be worn as pendants. They are often found in graves in association with mace heads, metates and fine pottery of the period. This geometrically carved pendant represents a style unique to Guancaste-Nicoya. The figure appears to be a human wearing a quetzal mask.
Not on view