Mexico, Guerrero, Ichcatiopan,, Mixtec or Aztec style
Overall - h:8.00 w:7.20 cm (h:3 1/8 w:2 13/16 inches)
Gift of James C. Gruener in memory of his wife, Florence Crowell Gruener
This extraordinary pendant consists of a conch shell section carved in jade, enclosed in a delicate gold frame with tiny dangling bells. This symbol was worn by the deity Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) a culture hero credited in one myth with creating human life by sprinkling his blood on ground bones. The pectoral may have been worn by a priest, or by a ceremonial impersonator of Quetzalcoatl.