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Fish effigy pectoral bead

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Large greenstone body adornment in the form of a fish. It was recarved from another object, vestiges of its original form remaining on the fish's tail, fins and mouth area. A large hole drilled horizontally through the fish allows for suspension on a cord. Its eye is represented by a circular...

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Miguel Covarrubias Collection, Mexico City, before 1973; with Veracruzana, Inc., New York, by 1973; to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in May 1973; to MFA, December 1978, gift of Landon T. Clay.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

Olmec, Middle Formative period, 900–550 B.C.

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12.06 x 7.62 x 2.54 cm (4 3/4 x 3 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Jadeite: traces of red pigment




Jewelry / Adornment, Beads