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Carved and highly polished pectoral with opposed images of a composite quetzal-macaw bird. It has the short crest of a quetzal bird and the hooked beak of a macaw. Above the birds is a double-headed feathered serpent, below are two serpents with entwined bodies. A suspension hole is drilled...

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Provenance

Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic period, A.D. 550–800

Object Place

Guatemala or Honduras

Dimensions

9.4 x 10.5 x 1.2 cm (3 11/16 x 4 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1191

Medium or Technique

Jadeite

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pectorals