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Atlantic Watershed Jade Pendant Featuring Four Frogs - PF.3136
Origin: Eastern Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Atlantic Watershed
Medium: Jade

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In addition to being rare and beautiful, jade is the toughest and most durable of stones. Since weapons and cutting tools of jade greatly excel those of other stones, they became symbols of authority and ceremony. In elaborate burials and offerings, a high proportion of the surviving objects are made of jade, seemingly an indication that the material itself had assumed mystical qualities. In Middle America, the stones selected by ancient people were predominantly green, although they may not have been jadeite or nephrite. Here, we have before us an exemplary work of unprecedented skill and design. The artist's mastery of lapidary work is clearly demonstrated by the perfect control and symmetry of each stroke. When you hold it in your hands, you can feel the artist's undivided attention and care in each of the smooth crevices along the surface. The frog symbolizes fertility and rain which enables birth, growth and the continuity of life, itself. This important and obviously worshiped symbol is depicted so creatively by the artist. The frogs appear to follow each other from one imaginary infinite point to another creating the illusion of eternity and symbolizing the continuity of life. There are two holes drilled on either side of the pendant to be worn by a special ruler during a fertility ceremony or ritual in honor of the rains. The lush green color of the stone and the artist's exemplary talent combined with the symbolism of the frog creates a masterpiece unsurpassed by its contemporaries. - (PF.3136)

 

 

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