Bird Pendant (Buzzard or Vulture?)

Bird Pendant (Buzzard or Vulture?)

c. 300 BC - AD 600


Overall: 4.3 x 3 x 4.9 cm (1 11/16 x 1 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1954.148



Before about AD 500, when gold-working technologies were adopted in Costa Rica, jade was the quintessential luxury material and it was masterfully carved into exquisite ornaments of many kinds. Ancient Americans did not use many metal tools, and artists carved jade, a tough stone, with implements of stone, bone, bamboo, or reed.

See also
Art of the Americas
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