Ear spools and pins - RP756-4A-B_1


Ear spools and pins

Maker: Maya
Geography: Altun Ha, Belize District, Belize
Date: 450-500 AD
Pendants: 3.7 and 3.8 cm, tube dia. 0.8 cm
Object number: RP756/4A
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionIn the ancient Maya world, ear ornaments made one human. These ornaments were taken away when one was made a prisoner, and Maya artists are always careful to depict the ornaments worn by Maya leaders. In most cases, the ornaments were composed of two main parts. A cylindrical tube that went through the ear, and an earflare that slid over the tube to rest next to the outisde of the ear. These ear ornaments were found in Burial D-10/3 at Altun Ha. Made of jade, their weight would have pulled down on the ear lobes and were likely only worn on special occasions.
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