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Duck-Face Ornament

10th–4th century B.C.
Mexico, Mesoamerica
Jadeite, pigment
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift and Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1974, 1977
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 358
This small, exquisite pendant made of high-quality jade portrays an avian entity with a pointed duckbill. Ducks and other waterfowl were revered by ancient Mesoamerican peoples for their ability to cross between the realms of the sky, the earth, and underwater places.
[John Wise Ltd., New York, until 1964]; Alice K. Bache, New York, 1964–1974 (partial gift), (d.) 1977

Jones, Julie, and Susan Mullin Vogel. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1965–75), pp. 171–83.

Easby, Elizabeth Kennedy, and John F. Scott. Before Cortez: Sculpture in Middle America. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970, no. 48.

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