Bar Bead

Bar Bead


Jadeite-albitite, modern black pigment

Overall: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1950.377


Greenstone ornaments were part of Maya nobles’ regalia. The hieroglyphs of the bead on the left, which hung horizontally, refer to two Maya rulers. The one on the right was cut in half in antiquity; it probably dangled from an elaborate belt crucial to royal costume.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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