Lot 69B: Costa Rican Jade Pendant - Bird

Artemis Gallery

July 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A breathtaking Costa Rican jade pendant comprised of wonderfully translucent blue-green jade, expertly string cut on both sides to represent a stylized tropical bird with a profile visage presenting concave eyes, a prominent beak, and crest, delineated feet projecting from his lower body, with tailfeathers detailed below. Biconically drilled beneath the eyes for suspension. Size: 3.625" L x 1.125" W at widest (9.2 cm x 2.9 cm)

Costa Rica, along with Mesoamerica, is one of the two regions where jade was extensively carved in the Pre-Columbian world. The earliest example of worked jade, a pendant excavated from a burial site on the Nicoya Peninsula, dated to the mid-first millennium BCE. It appears that jade continued to be carved into personal ornaments, usually depicting animals such as birds, monkey, or frogs, until approximately 700 CE when gold became the favored material to fashion such ornaments.

Provenance: private Vaught Collection, Atlanta, Georgia USA

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Condition Report: Near choice if not choice. Old inventory label on one side.
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