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Mayan Stone Bead Necklace - Wearable Ancient Art!

Pre-Columbian, Classic Maya, ca. 300 to 900 CE. A simple and elegant necklace made from seven greenstone (jadeite) beads and two creamy white beads on a modern sterling silver strand. The value of greenstone (jade or jadeite) for ancient people lay in its symbolic power: perhaps its color was associated with water and vegetation. The Maya also placed jade beads in the mouths of the dead. Many scholars have argued that the demand for jadeite contributed to the rise of long distance trading networks and to the rise of urban centers in ancient Mesoamerica. Length of strand: 32" L (81.3 cm); size of largest bead: 1.35" W (3.4 cm)

Condition: Beads have light signs of wear on their surfaces commensurate with age. Modern stringing.

Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection

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