Necklace and Nose Ornament

Necklace and Nose Ornament


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Jadeite-albitite?, gold

Overall: 40.3 cm (15 7/8 in.); Each bead: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.263


Near Teotihuacán’s largest palace is a temple ornamented with green-feathered serpents, symbols of the earth’s fertility. Beneath the temple were at least 120 human sacrifices, most men, many warriors, and some wearing greenstone ornaments like these, perhaps a set. The sacrifices may have consecrated the temple or a ruler’s tomb, or both.

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