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Mayan Jade Sculpture of a Turtle - PF.2196
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Catalogue: V7
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Jade

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Carved from a single block of jadeite in deep jungle green, this sculpture depicts a fierce, dragon-like turtle whose head rears up form a naturalistic shell. Reptilian monsters were a common motif in Mayan art, and it is very possible this figure represents a God or a protective demon. It certainly seems to be no ordinary turtle, for it radiates an aura of strenght and other-worldly magic. We are caught up in its mystery and its beauty, wondering what it meant to those who beheld it in antiquity. L. 13cm(5 1/8IN) - (PF.2196)

 

 

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