Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Maya, ca. 550 to 950 CE. A very rare and quite large turquoise pendant that was finely incised and string cut to depict the portrait head of an important Maya Lord-King, his visage presenting Olmecoid facial features and topped by an elaborate headdress and earspools. In addition to the fine rendering with its marvelous details, the turquoise stone itself is inherently beautiful, boasting blue-green hues and rich russet inclusions that make for mesmerizing patterns throughout the piece. Bilaterally perforated through the headdress. Size: 2.5" H (6.4 cm); 4.125" H (10.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Scholars believe that Toltec traders introduced turquoise to the Maya during the Classic Period. Turquoise has been found in numerous locales including Belize's Santa Rita Corozal and Yucatan state's Chichen Itza. The Maya cherished the healing properties of minerals, even going so far as to create sweat baths akin to modern day spas or saunas known as Zumpulche that incorporated specific stones believed to bring about revitalization and purification.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Ian Arundel collection, Old Curiosity Cabinet, Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, California, USA, collected between 1960 and 1970
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Slight surface wear but generally intact and excellent. Earthen deposits in recesses.