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Duck-Face Ornament

Date:
10th–4th century B.C.
Geography:
Mexico, Mesoamerica
Culture:
Olmec
Medium:
Jadeite, pigment
Dimensions:
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Gift and Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1974, 1977
Accession Number:
1974.271.65
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

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



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