Atlantic Watershed / Pendant / 4th?7th centuryAtlantic Watershed
4th?7th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Native American
Creator Name-CRT: Atlantic Watershed
Title: Pendant
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 300
Creation End Date: 699
Creation Date: 4th?7th century
Creation Place: Costa Rica
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: Jade (jadeite)
Dimensions: H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Description: Edged with abstract renditions of ten human trophy heads, this jade pendant has a large central hole and two upper perforations through which to thread a cord for suspension. The taking of heads as trophies in ancient Costa Rica is believed to have been a way in which victorious warriors appropriated the knowledge and power of their defeated enemies. Greenstone held a position of importance among the peoples of ancient Costa Rica, and jade objects?perhaps heirlooms?were occasionally recarved to suit new owners or different purposes. This pendant may have been reworked from a piece of jade already possessing a central hole.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1996.81
Credit Line: Gift of Carol R. Meyer, 1996
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1996.81
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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