Guanacaste-Nicoya Jade Pendant - PF.3620
Origin: Western Costa Rica
Circa: 300 AD to 700 AD
Dimensions: 3.75" (9.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Guanacaste-Nicoya
Medium: Jade


This fascinating jade zoomorphic pendant is carved of jade, a rare and beautiful stone that is much harder than obsidian. Jade is the toughest and most durable of the stones, and the flaking and chipping procedures that are effective on flint and other quartz minerals cannot work it. Its superiority, thus, could have become evident only at the Neolithic level of technology, when stone could be worked by abrasion. This unusual pendant is a splendidly carved jade full of rich symbolism. Possibly worn during a ritual by a chieftain or a shaman, the pendant depicts two crocodile heads facing away from each other on top of an almost perfectly round ring. The area between the two crocodile heads is decorated with incised patterns. Moreover, the ring is supported by a small jaguar figure. Portrayed with divine figures such as crocodiles and a jaguar, the pendant possibly symbolize the conflicting force of nature, or joining of the opposing forces by the concentric ring. The beautiful pendant's cool green color is visually and emotionally soothing. Its calm and timeless presence and power appeal to our senses as it did to people of Ancient Costa Rica. Even across the obstacles of time and culture, the finely carved jade amulet's vibrant power and magic are undeniably evident today. - (PF.3620)



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