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A Costa Rican Avian Jadeite Celt Pendant, Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE

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A Costa Rican Avian Jadeite Celt Pendant, Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE
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A Costa Rican Avian Jadeite Celt Pendant, Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE, ca. 100 - 600 CE:
Medium: Jade
The jade pendants and other ornaments made in the Central American region that is now the country of Costa Rica are among the area's most individual art forms. Archaeological evidence suggests that jade bird-form pendants were made and treasured as early as 500 BCE and remained favorites for hundreds of years. Bird imagery is pervasive throughout this long period, as was the preference for fashioning ornaments out of green-colored stones. Jadeite, which was principally used in Costa Rica, came in many green tonalities, from pale blue-green to intense, almost black greens —as seen in this example. This bird-form pendant features a lower section shaped like a workaday celt or ax, a common working tool in the ancient Americas, and in some instances the shape itself took on greater, perhaps even sacred, significance. The lower part of this pendant is an example of how the celt shape was integrated into prized personal ornaments. At the top of the pendant, the bird aspects are stylized with a minimal rendering of the crested bird headdress, and the acutely angled beak creates the impression of a helmeted warrior. Costa Rican bird pendants fall into given groups based on style and imagery, but individual differences also characterize and distinguish them one from the other.

Dimensions: Height: 6 inches (15.24 cm)
Reference No: 520

PROVENANCE: Mirtha Virginia de Perea (1929 - 2019) private collection of Costa Rican art. Mrs. de Perea spent her entire 48-year career with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC, achieving the rank of Cultural Minister-Counselor and Consul after having started as a secretary. She was a devoted patron of the arts, promoting numerous local artists and sponsoring many cultural events throughout her career. She also amassed an impressive collection of Latin American art. After retiring in 1999, she became a US citizen and continued her support of the arts through her membership in the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera and other local groups.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
Condition
Intact and in excellent condition overall with no chips, cracks or breaks. A very fine example.
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A Costa Rican Avian Jadeite Celt Pendant, Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE

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0193: A Costa Rican Avian Jadeite Celt Pendant, Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE

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Est. $1,000 - $1,500Starting Price $500
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A Costa Rican Avian Jadeite Celt Pendant, Early Classic Period, ca. 100 - 600 CE, ca. 100 - 600 CE:
Medium: Jade
The jade pendants and other ornaments made in the Central American region that is now the country of Costa Rica are among the area's most individual art forms. Archaeological evidence suggests that jade bird-form pendants were made and treasured as early as 500 BCE and remained favorites for hundreds of years. Bird imagery is pervasive throughout this long period, as was the preference for fashioning ornaments out of green-colored stones. Jadeite, which was principally used in Costa Rica, came in many green tonalities, from pale blue-green to intense, almost black greens —as seen in this example. This bird-form pendant features a lower section shaped like a workaday celt or ax, a common working tool in the ancient Americas, and in some instances the shape itself took on greater, perhaps even sacred, significance. The lower part of this pendant is an example of how the celt shape was integrated into prized personal ornaments. At the top of the pendant, the bird aspects are stylized with a minimal rendering of the crested bird headdress, and the acutely angled beak creates the impression of a helmeted warrior. Costa Rican bird pendants fall into given groups based on style and imagery, but individual differences also characterize and distinguish them one from the other.

Dimensions: Height: 6 inches (15.24 cm)
Reference No: 520

PROVENANCE: Mirtha Virginia de Perea (1929 - 2019) private collection of Costa Rican art. Mrs. de Perea spent her entire 48-year career with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC, achieving the rank of Cultural Minister-Counselor and Consul after having started as a secretary. She was a devoted patron of the arts, promoting numerous local artists and sponsoring many cultural events throughout her career. She also amassed an impressive collection of Latin American art. After retiring in 1999, she became a US citizen and continued her support of the arts through her membership in the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera and other local groups.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
Condition
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Intact and in excellent condition overall with no chips, cracks or breaks. A very fine example.

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