Sep 2, 2010
Sep 2, 2010

Pair of Ear Ornaments

Pair of Ear Ornaments

150–200

Part of a set. See all set records

Jadeite-albitite(?)

Diameter: 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.); Overall: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Weight: 52.29 and 59.48 g, respectively

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.264

Description

Near Teotihuacán's largest palace is a small temple gorgeously ornamented with green-feathered serpents, symbols of the earth's fertility. Beneath the temple lie at least 120 human sacrifices, most men, many warriors, and some wearing greenstone ornaments like these, perhaps a set. The sacrifices, apparently laid out to mark the cardinal directions, may have consecrated the temple or a ruler's tomb, or both.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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