Offering from an Estate Two (2)Rare Exquisite Geometric Authentic Ancient Mayan Pre Columbian Pieces.... The Square Piece measures (1/2") and the Rectangular is (3/4") this jade is near perfect.
I have seen hundreds if not thousands of Mayan Beads and never recall seeing pieces similar to these. Have biconically drilled holes also for suspension/necklace.... Was owned by a Mayan Dignitary or Royalty....
From the Classic Period over 1,000 years ago... The Ancient Mayans were a Mesoamerican civilization that lived in areas of what is today Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.
They were one of the more advanced civilizations of their time. Evidence of Mayan civilization dates back in history to well before the birth of Christ. Jewelry (also known as jewellery) from this ancient civilization can be traced back approximately 5,000 years. One especially rare and prized commodity used by the Mayans was Jade. The Mayans found this resource in Guatemala's Motogua Valley.Although metals such as gold and silver were highly valued, jade was held in even higher regard as the Mayans considered it to be sacred and holy and the ultimate symbol of all that is good including eternal love. Many types of jewelry were made from Jade some of which include beaded necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, ear plugs, rings and elaborate headdresses. Exotic shells were often used along with Jade in making certain types of necklaces and bracelets.
Because religion was such an important aspect of Mayan culture, it is often reflected in their jewelry. Jade beads often contain religious themes, geometric patterns, animals, flowers, and carved out faces.
Jade also had other important uses for the ancient Mayans besides personal adornment. Jade was the Mayans most commonly traded item. The Mayan elite commonly presented jade jewelry as gifts. Jade was also used as an offering to the gods, as trading currency, and sometimes as a treatment for kidney disease.
It was used by religious leaders and healers. Jewelry was also used as a means of showing societal rank and social status.
Jewelry was also used to reward winners in their popular and sometimes deadly Mayan ball games. There are two types of Jade, they are Nephrite and Jadeite. The one found in Middle America and used by the Mayans was Jadeite, a very hard stone with a blue-green to black color.
It is considered to be even harder than steel and since the Mayans did not have metal tools to work with, it was a very labor intensive art form with a great level of skill required. Because of this, Jade was reserved for the very elite. Similar to the Aztecs, only the most important Mayans including nobility, royalty, and the very wealthy owned and wore Jade. (Text is copied, please google more for more info). Html: jade, pre columbian, mayan, ancient, jade ear plug, jade ear spool, jade earing.
Jade carving, pre columbian necklace. The item "(2) Pre Columbian Mayan Authentic Geometric Jade Carved Beads very RARE UNUSUAL" is in sale since Tuesday, August 18, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Latin American". The seller is "lister2001" and is located in Houston, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.