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Ritual Spoon Pendant

10th–4th century B.C.
Mexico, Mesoamerica
H. 6 5/8 x W. 1 3/4 in. (16.8 x 4.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
Not on view
Jade t-shaped pendants such as this blue-green example are known as ritual "spoons," thought to have been used for ceremonial consumption of hallucinogenic substances. Olmec sculptures depicted individuals wearing such pendants over the chest. A similar t-shaped motive on pendants in the later Maya culture signified sacred breath.
[Frances Pratt, New York, until 1965]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1965; on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1965–1978

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, 557.

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