Goddess Plaque

Goddess Plaque

c. 1200-1519

Jadeite

Overall: 7 x 3.5 cm (2 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1949.199

Description

This pendant portrays Chalchiutlicue (Jade Skirt), a young goddess of water. Identifying insignia are her headband and the large tassels to either side of her face. She wears a huipil (long blouse) and skirt, and is posed kneeling, with her hands placed modestly in her lap. The green jade of which the pendant is carved symbolizes Chalchiutlicue's preciousness.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Jade
Medium: 
Jadeite

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