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Mayan Engraved Shell Pendant - PF.2056
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Shell

Location: United States
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The natural elegance of a seashell has been enhanced with the image of an aristocratic Mayan God. The Maya often created amulets from ordinary objects in nature like stones and shells. This suggests an affinity with the cosmos, an awareness of the wonder and mystery of the physical world. When the might Mayan Empire was in its glory, who wore this talisman suspended by a cord around their neck? Were their dreams for health and happiness answered by the haughty God whose favor they sought? - (PF.2056)


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