This is replica in fine Jadeite of a plaque found at the Atlantic coast of Guatemala. Maya belt plaques were decorative and functional pendants worn by ancient Maya Ajawob (rulers) to validate their rulership through referencing major deities and important ancestors. They can be seen as significant elements of the costumes of rulers on stelae and in other representations found in ancient Maya art.
These plaques, which hung from belts, were used during rituals to memorialize important events and dates.
- Carved Jade Plaque
- Dimensions: H: 8.5", W: 3.5"
- Weight: 0.57 kg.