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, no. 557.