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
Easby, Elizabeth Kennedy, and John F. Scott. Before Cortez: Sculpture in Middle America. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970, 48, Number 48.