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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Aztec
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico, Guerrero, Ichcatiopan, Mixtec or Aztec
Title: Pectoral Ornament
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1519
Creation Date: c. 1200-1519
Creation Place: Guerrero
Creation Place: Ichcatiopan
Creation Place: Mexico
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: gold, jadeite
Dimensions: Overall: 8cm x 7.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1983.190
Credit Line: Gift of James C. Gruener in memory of his wife, Florence Crowell Gruener
Provenance: (Andre Emmerich, NY); James and Florence Gruener, Cleveland, 1966
Context: This extraordinary pendant consists of a conch shell section carved in jade, enclosed in a delicate gold frame with tiny dangling bells. This symbol was worn by the deity Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) a culture hero credited in one myth with creating human life by sprinkling his blood on ground bones. The pectoral may have been worn by a priest, or by a ceremonial impersonator of Quetzalcoatl.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1983.190
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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