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Mayan Jade-Like Stone Pendant Depicting a Serpent's Head - PF.3362
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 1.5" (3.8cm) high x 2.25" (5.7cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Jade

Location: United States
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This small stone pendant depicts an intricately carved serpent head. Its beautifully polished surface seems to gleam, accentuating gentle curves that form the serpent head. The Ancient Mayans believed in many animal gods, some being more powerful than others. They associated these powerful gods with natural phenomena, which contributed to worshipping certain animals, such as the serpent, for people's well-being. The serpent was a potent element in Mayan art and religion. The peculiar form of the serpent's body was able to furnish a richer theme in artistic development than could that of any other animal in totemic divinities in the Mayan world. Moreover, the serpent carried more mystical essence since it was associated with the beginning of Meso-America. Worshiped as a divinity and incorporated in the vast range of Mayan art, the serpent certainly was a special being. The iconography of serpent, thus, became a sign or an attribute of divinity in general. Symbolizing such godly attributes, it is certain that this pendant was worn and kept as a precious jewel and an amulet. As we look into the pendant, we can envision how beautifully it decorated an Ancient Mayan’s neck or chest. - (PF.3362)


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