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Plaque Pendant of Maize Deity


Maya, Late Classic
650/750-900 CE
5.4 cm x 4.76 cm x 0.64 cm (2 1/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. x 1/4 in.)
jadeite
PC.B.159

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Description
This plaque pendant, made of a thin, flat piece of jade with low-relief carving on one side, portray a frontal face framed by curvilinear ornaments. This type of plaque is relatively common, and this one is of what has been called the “drooping-mouth style,” which is characterized by of the chin, the drooping mouth and eyes, the earflares, the circular element on the forehead, and the scrolls around the face. Suspension holes are typically bored laterally across the wider end of the pendant, usually at the level of the top of the head.


Bibliography
Bliss, Robert Woods 1947 Indigenous Art of the Americas: Collection of Robert Woods Bliss. National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., p. 11, 69, cat. 23.

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. 250, cat. 106, pl. LXV.

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. 258, cat. 106, pl. LXV.

Kelemen, Pál 1943 Medieval American Art, a Survey in Two Volumes. 2 v. vols. Macmillan, New York. p. 295, pl. 241a.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 1940 An Exhibition of Pre-Columbian Art. An Exhibition of Pre-Columbian Art. January 15 through February 10, Arranged by the Peabody Museum and the William Hayes Fogg Art Museum. Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., cat. 134.

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. 244-247, pl. 40, fig. 142.

Ries, Maurice Ruddell 1942 Ancient American Art, 500 B.C.-A.D. 1500; the Catalog of an Exhibit of the Art of the Pre-European Americas, April-June 1942, Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara. cat. 77.



Exhibition History
"An Exhibition of Pre-Columbian Art", Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, 1/15 - 3/2/1940 (catalogue # 134).

"Ancient American Art", Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, April - June 1942; M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA, July - August 1942; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, September - October 1942 (catalogue # 77).

"Indigenous Art of the Americas", National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, April 1947 to July 1962.


Acquisition History
Purchased from A. Frank by Joseph Brummer, New York (dealer), January 9,1937.

Purchased from Joseph Brummer, New York (dealer), by Robert Woods Bliss, July 16,1937.

Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Washington, DC, 1937-1962.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Pre-Columbian Collection, Washington, DC.


Anthropomorphic | Maize | Mayas | Pendant