This pendant depicts a frontal standing figure with earflares, bracelets, a headdress, with both arms at his side. It once was suspended through the lateral holes that pierce it head just above the shoulders.
The jade used for this piece is variable in its coloration, with areas of dark emerald green on the front and white to pale green on the back; some parts contain yellowish discoloration.
It was carved in great depth. The triangular-shaped face is framed by sizable earflares. They are realistically shown with pierced central holes that connect with the lateral suspension hole, an indication that perhaps additional elements once graced the flares. The figure wears a fitted headdress or headband sectioned into five parts, although the short, vertical grooves may indicate hair. On the back of the head, this hair or headdress, rendered as a rectangle, extends below shoulder level. The face is simply carved with eyes in the shape of coffee beans, thick lips, and a lightly incised wide nose. A wide, simple bracelet adorns each wrist. The figure wears a loincloth, which on the front appears as a simple rectangle but on the back is shown as a rolled band of cloth at the waist above bare, rounded buttocks. The feet show no carved detail, but their bottom surface is quite flat, which allows the pendant to stand upright on a level surface.
Bliss, Robert Woods 1957 Pre-Columbian Art: The Robert Woods Bliss Collection. Text and Critical Analyses by S. K. Lothrop, Joy Mahler and William F. Foshag. Phaidon, New York. p. 251, cat. 116-G, pl. LXVII.
Bliss, Robert Woods 1959 Pre-Columbian Art: The Robert Woods Bliss Collection. 2nd ed. Text and Critical Analyses by S. K. Lothrop, Joy Mahler and William F. Foshag. Phaidon, London. p. 259, cat. 116-G, pl. LXVII.
Pillsbury, Joanne, Miriam Doutriaux, Reiko Ishihara-Brito and Alexandre Tokovinine (EDS.) 2012 Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks. Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks, Number 4. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., p. 202-205, pl. 24, fig. 114, 115.
"Indigenous Art of the Americas", National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, August 1956 to July 1962.
"Lasting Impressions: Body Art in the Ancient Americas" , Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 10/1/2011 - 3/4/2012.
Purchased from Robert Stolper, New York (dealer), by Robert Woods Bliss, 1956.
Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Washington, DC, 1956-1962.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Pre-Columbian Collection, Washington, DC.