Ornament

Ornament

Maya style (250-900)

Jadeite-albitite

Overall: 6.7 x 0.7 x 7.5 cm (2 5/8 x 1/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1993.7

Description

Greenstone ornaments were part of Maya nobles' regalia. The rectangular bead hung horizontally, though it is shown vertically to make clear the hieroglyphs, which refer to two rulers-one the other's successor-of the same Maya center. The second comes from an ornament that was cut in half in antiquity. The original, twice as wide, probably hung from an elaborate belt, crucial to royal costume.

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