Pectoral

A work made of jadeite.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of jadeite.

Date:

A.D. 200/800

Artist:

Classic Maya
Mexico or Guatemala

About this artwork

This elegant chest ornament would have been part of a ruler’s ceremonial regalia. In Maya society, as among other Amerindian peoples, a ruler’s attire indicated rank, religious function, and place of origin. Such dress was highly regulated, and only members of the nobility wore jade and other greenstones as an expression of their wealth and high status. Moreover, these rare and valued stones were considered to be inherently sacred and powerful. By wearing jade regalia, kings directly associated themselves with the youthful green maize plant and life-giving blue-green waters.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Maya

Title

Pectoral

Origin

México

Date

200 AD–800 AD

Medium

Jadeite

Dimensions

7 × 7 cm (2 3/4 × 2 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1968.618

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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