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