Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Openwork Pendant

Date:
10th–4th century B.C.
Geography:
Mexico, Mesoamerica
Culture:
Olmec
Medium:
Jade
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur M. Bullowa, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.314.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 358
This jade pendant is carved with an axe-like profile and thinned into a translucent plaque. A drilled hole at the top of the pendant may have been used to suspend it as part of Olmec ritual regalia. Four parallel lines run the length of the pendant, made by a combination of drilling and string-sawing. An incised cruciform design, a motif common in Olmec art, probably references the cardinal directions.
[Alphonse Jax, New York]; Arthur M. Bullowa, New York, until 1989

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