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Mayan Jade Celt - PF.4747
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Jade

Location: United States
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Jade was considered so precious the Maya collected ancient Olmec works and inscribed them with their own texts. They believed the stone itself possessed magical properties, and seeing the beautiful bluish-green color of this lovely Celt it is easy to understand why. Celts were a crucial part of a king's regalia worn during ceremonies, dangling in rows of two or three from the royal belt. The figure outlined in red cinnabar probably depicts a king or supernatural being. In Maya belief the king possessed divine qualities and acted as the intermediary between the physical and non- physical worlds. He was the people's earthly contact with the gods, and also was believed to influence the movement of planets and affect the weather. By depicting kings on kingly objects, the objects themselves acquired sacred power, and were then suitable to be worn by a great Maya ruler. - (PF.4747)


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