Culture: Costa Rican
Medium: Jade, 14K gold, Peruvian turquoise, emeralds
Dimensions: Pendant length: 17 mm (0.66 inches). Necklace length: 18 inches (46 cm)
This striking Costa Rican skull pendant has been expertly carved and string-cut from a stunning piece of dark, green jade, the expressive face with heavily drilled eyes below heavy brows, the face drawn and intense. Designed for wear, this early pendant has been restrung with a very pretty necklace comprising round beads of Peruvian turquoise, faceted emeralds flanked by antique 14K gold beads.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Mirtha Virginia de Perea (1929 - 2019) private collection of Costa Rican art. Mrs. de Perea spent her entire 48-year career with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC, achieving the rank of Cultural Minister-Counselor and Consul after having started as a secretary. She was a devoted patron of the arts, promoting numerous local artists and sponsoring many cultural events throughout her career. She also amassed an impressive collection of Latin American art. After retiring in 1999, she became a US citizen and continued her support of the arts through her membership in the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera and other local groups.
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