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Bar Bead

Bar Bead

250-550

Jadeite-albitite, modern black pigment

Overall: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1950.377

Description

Greenstone ornaments were part of Maya nobles’ regalia. The hieroglyphs of the bead on the left, which hung horizontally, refer to two Maya rulers. The one on the right was cut in half in antiquity; it probably dangled from an elaborate belt crucial to royal costume.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Jade

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