Maya Pre-Classic Jade Mask

500 BC to 100 BC

3 1/4″ tall by 3 1/2″ wide

A gorgeous green jade mask from the Pacific Slope of Guatemala. This Proto-Maya sculpture is a very rare type and would have been worn as a pectoral. It is drilled twice on each side of the temple for attachment.

This early culture had colossal basalt heads like the Olmec and it’s believed there was heavy influence. You can see it has the downturned mouth of the Olmec, but the coffee bean eyes and puffy cheeks are styled after those that are seen on the large carvings. A tight-fitting cap is depicted with a line near the top of the head and the nose has drilled nostrils.

The jade is a beautiful dark green color and it has some light green streaking through it. An inclusion runs through half of the face.

This is a really amazing and rare example that shows cross-cultural influence and displays wonderfully on the museum grade custom stand. 

Ex Dr R Fernandez MD collection. Acquired in the 1940s. 




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