Offering Group: Plaque with Frontal and Profile Faces

Offering Group: Plaque with Frontal and Profile Faces

800-1200(?)

Jadeite with albitite

Overall: 7.9 x 6.3 x 0.7 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.213

Fun Fact

The red pigment may be cinnabar, the same mineral used to color Chinese lacquerware.

Description

This greenstone plaque is said to have been found inside a translucent stone vessel, together with two shells (1990.252.1–3). A similar offering was found in a pyramid ornamented with feathered serpents at Xochicalco, a site south of the Valley of Mexico.

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