A fine Jadeite Pendant of a Bat, <br><em>Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE</em>
A fine Jadeite Pendant of a Bat, <br><em>Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE</em>
A fine Jadeite Pendant of a Bat, <br><em>Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE</em>

A fine Jadeite Pendant of a Bat,
Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE


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Among the Tairona, whose culture flourished in the Caribbean coastal plain and foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, leaders and shaman believed that they could use bodily adornments in the form of symbolic animals - jaguars as well as crocodiles, bats, and others - to demonstrate prowess as well as cross earthly boundaries into the realm of the deities. This finely rendered speckled green jade pendant is carved into the form of a bat, the folded wings feature an incised design, with a triangular head, small pointed ears, and two hanging feet. There are two small holes on either side of the head for suspension.

Considered the ultimate "Dream Stone," jade was revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, to access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and help interpret dreams. Most valued for its metaphysical properties, it was cherished as a protective talisman, assuring long life and peaceful death, and was considered a powerful healing stone. The vibrant green variations are a symbol of growth and vitality, which makes it a stone that stands for wealth and longevity. As flying creatures, bats signify the sky, but they have many qualifications for Underworld symbolism as well. They hang upside-down, facing the Underworld; they are nocturnal (the Underworld is dark); they roost in caves or dead trees and use streams as flyways (caves, tree roots, and streams were considered openings into the Underworld). In New World myth and art, the Underworld was one of the most important themes. It was where the dead were buried and the place from where plants came. Death imagery in Pre-Columbian art has regeneration significance in the same manner as the green plant coming from the dry seed, so the representation in jade strengthens these talismatic properties.

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A very fine example. Custom mounted

Dimensions: Height: 2 inches (5 cm)

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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