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Aztec Royal Gold Eagle Pendant

Pre-Columbian, Mexico City, Aztec culture, ca. 1300 to 1500 CE. An impressive gold pendant depicting an eagle head with a lofty hooked beak and a lively expression with tightly closed eyes and a dramatically open mouth - as if issuing a call. Its ceramic core is gilded in gold that is embellished with stylized contour markings and rubbed with red cinnabar for a beautiful contrast. Pierced for suspension through the forehead and right temple. Size: 1.25" W x 1.375" H (3.2 cm x 3.5 cm); 4.25" H (10.8 cm) on included custom stand.

To the Aztecs, the eagle was the ultimate solar deity said to have been singed by the sun, and the sun was referred to as an "ascending eagle" or a "soaring eagle". In addition, the eagle was the emblem for one of their elite warrior organizations. Along with jaguar warriors, the eagle warriors associated themselves with the creatures of the sky and the underworld to signify their own military ferocity. Aztec rulers were likewise compared to eagles in order to emphasize their fearlessness and power.

Condition: Very minor surface wear. Mineral deposits dot interior ceramic core.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; Laurence Witten Collection, Florida, USA

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