A Pre-Columbian Jadeite Claw Pendant, ca. 500 - 1000 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 fine jadeite claw pendant is hand-formed and buffed to a soft, gently polished surface.
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.
Dimensions: Pendant length: 5/8 inch (1.8 cm) Strung as a pendant on a 20-inch tarnish-resistant sterling silver chain.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Collection of Joel Lloyd, NYC., acquired 1940s - 1950s, then by descent to his daughter.