Jade bead necklace - 967.71.59_1

967.71.59_1

Jade bead necklace

Maker: Maya
Medium:Jade
Geography: Altun Ha, Belize District, Belize
Date: 250-275 AD
Object number: 967.71.59
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionIn the 1960s and 1970s, the Royal Ontario Museum excavated the site of Altun Ha in Belize.  The site is far smaller than the largest Maya cities of Tikal and Calakmul. Yet Altun Ha has the largest amount of jade. This necklace of jade beads was found in the tomb of a young adult (Tomb F-8/1).  The 82 pieces were only lightly worked and irregular in color, a contrast to the often highly polished and carved pieces found elsewhere at the site. We know the relative position of the beads through excavations since the string had long decomposed.
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