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Gold Ring with Mayan Jade Mask - FJ.6704
Origin: Mesoamerica
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 1.25" (3.2cm) high
Collection: Jewelry
Style: Mayan
Medium: Jade, Gold

Location: United States
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The Maya considered jade the most precious of all stone substances. Prized for its durability and color, jade symbolized life-giving water and vegetation, and represented lightening and rain. Its symbolic beauty imbued every figure and ornament with supernatural power and importance.

This diminutive mask was originally a pendant as indicated by the presence of two small holes drilled into the sides. Perhaps the image of the face represents a specific deity. Perhaps this ornament was worn as an amulet. The material and the mastery of the execution both suggest that this mask was reserved for the possession of the ruling elite or a high priest. Stylistically, the physiognomy of the mask reveals the lasting influence of the Olmec culture on the artistic vocabulary of the Mayans. Today, mounted in this stunning gold ring, this mask symbolized the magic and mystery of the Pre-Columbians civilizations. When we place this ring on our fingers, we conjure up the same ancient spiritual powers that the Mayan kings would have. Eternal and enduring, this energy radiates from the center of the mask and envelopes the wearer. Certain symbols of wealth and power never go out of fashion.
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