28 février 2018

Necklace with Beads in the Shape of Jaguars' Teeth, Mixtec (Ñudzavui), A.D. 1200–1521

Necklace with Beads in the Shape of Jaguars' Teeth, Mixtec (Ñudzavui), A.D. 1200–1521, Central Mexico. Gold. W. (bead) 1 3/8 × L. (necklace) 15 1/4 in. (3.5 × 38.7 cm). Purchase, Mariana and Ray Herrmann, Jill and Alan Rappaport, and Stephanie Bernheim Gifts, 2017, 2017.675 © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This elegant gold necklace, created using the lost-wax technique, is composed of thirty-four gold beads in the shape of the carnassial teeth (molars) of a jaguar with an equal number of... [Lire la suite]

28 février 2018

Turtle-Shell Ornaments, Aztec or Mixtec (Ñudzavui), A.D. 1200–1521, Mexico

Turtle-Shell Ornaments, Aztec or Mixtec (Ñudzavui), A.D. 1200–1521, Mexico. Gold. Each Bead: 1 3/4 × 1 × 1/2 in. (4.5 × 2.5 × 1.3 cm). Necklace length: 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm). Pre-Columbian Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (PC.B.103). This necklace is composed of rows of cast-gold turtle shells, filigree volutes, and clapperless gold bells, or tinklers. When worn, the bells would have created a dynamic moving, shining, and sonorous fringe that is characteristic of Aztec and Mixtec designs in gold. 
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28 février 2018

Mask, ca. 800 B.C. (fabrication); A.D. 1469–1481 (deposition), Olmec style, Mexico, Guerrero

Mask, ca. 800 B.C. (fabrication); A.D. 1469–1481 (deposition), Olmec style, Mexico, Guerrero; Mexico, Tenochtitlan (Mexico City). Hornblende hornfels. H. 4 1/4 × W. 3 3/8 × D. 1 1/4 in. (10.8 × 8.6 × 3.2 cm), Museo del Templo Mayor, Secretaría de Cultura-INAH, Mexico City (10-168803). This Olmec-style mask was either passed down as an ancestral heirloom or excavated during Mexica times. Such works signal the Mexica reverence for greenstone and for antiquities from illustrious civilizations of the past. 
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28 février 2018

Effigy Mask of Coyolxauhqui (“She Who Has Facial Painting with Bells”), ca. A.D. 1500. Mexica culture, Mexico, Tenochtitlan

Effigy Mask of Coyolxauhqui (“She Who Has Facial Painting with Bells”), ca. A.D. 1500. Mexica culture, Mexico, Tenochtitlan. Greenstone. H. 4 1/8 × W. 5 11/16 × D. 1 9/16 in. (10.5 × 14.5 × 4 cm). Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Anonymous Gift, 1928 (28-40-20/C10108) © Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University This greenstone effigy mask represents the severed head of Coyolxauhqui. According to myth, her brother Huitzilopochtli, the Sun God and patron deity of the Mexica, was... [Lire la suite]
27 janvier 2018

Pendant in the Form of a Shaman, Malagana, Colombia, 500 BC-AD 500

 Pendant in the Form of a Shaman, Malagana, Colombia, 500 BC-AD 500. Gold. H-5.9 D-1.6 W-2.1 cm © Miho Museum.
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27 janvier 2018

Standing Figure Holding Ceremonial Staff, Olmec, Mexico, 900-600 BC

Standing Figure Holding Ceremonial Staff, Olmec, Mexico, 900-600 BC. Jade. H-11.3 D-2.1 W-4.8 cm © Miho Museum.
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27 janvier 2018

Standing & Kneeling Transformation Figure, Olmec, Veracruz, Mexico, 900-600 BC

Standing Transformation Figure, Olmec, Veracruz, Mexico, 900-600 BC. Serpentine, cinnabar. H-19.5 D-6.3 W-9.5 cm © Miho Museum. Kneeling Transformation Figure, Olmec, Veracruz, Mexico, 900-600 BC. Serpentine, red pigment. H-8.6 D-5 W-6.2 cm © Miho Museum.
26 janvier 2018

Standing Figure, Olmec, Las Bocas, Puebla, Mexico, 1200-900 BC

Standing Figure, Olmec, Las Bocas, Puebla, Mexico, 1200-900 BC. Earthenware. H-17.1 D-3.4 W-9.2 cm © Miho Museum.
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26 janvier 2018

Supernatural Avian Jaguar baby, Olmec, Mexico, 1200-900 BC

Supernatural Avian Jaguar baby, Olmec, Mexico, 1200-900 BC. Cream-slipped terracotta with traces of cinnabar. H-19 D-11.5 W-19.5 cm © Miho Museum.
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26 janvier 2018

Standing Male Figure, Xochipala, Guerrero, Mexico, 1200-900 BC & Standing Female Figure, Chorrera, Ecuador, 1200-300 BC

Standing Male Figure, Xochipala, Guerrero, Mexico, 1200-900 BC. Earthenware with red and black pigment. H-24 D-5 W-10 cm. © Miho Museum. Standing Female Figure, Chorrera, Ecuador, 1200-300 BC. Earthenware. H-38 D-10.5 W-19 cm. © Miho Museum