Carved in low relief from veined turquoise, the pendant depicting the portrait head of a lord-king wearing a large elaborate headdress above a scowling face with glaring eyes, a wide, nose, pursed lips, and full cheeks, wearing a pair of ear spools, the back uncarved, a hole drilled bilaterally through the headdress for suspension.
Greenstone pendants of all types were worn vertically in some fashion, whether as a pectoral or in a diadem. This example was most likely worn as a necklace due to the horizontal drill hole that would have allowed it to be strung and hung around the neck as well as the uncarved back of the pendant.
Ref: Stone-Miller, Rebecca, Seeing with New Eyes, Atlanta: Emory University (2002), p. 30.
Doyle, James. “Ancient Maya Sculpture.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall
Provenance: Ex. collection of Ian Arundel, Los Angeles CA, assembled between 1960 - 1970, thereafter in the collection of R. Jerry Bock, Hawaii.
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