Duck-head pendant

400–200 BCE
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General Description

The carved stone images Olmec kings wore on their foreheads and chests projected supernatural power. This carved jadeite pendant in the shape of a duck head would have originally been suspended from a necklace or brooch as indicated by the drilled hole at the back of the figure's head. The curved bill is emphasized by the deep carving on the beak, and there are incised lines and geometric shapes on the beak and face of the figure. Objects such as these often accompanied the king on his journey through death to the otherworld.

Elaine Higgins Smith, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2015.

Drawn from

  • Carol Robbins, Label text [1968.20], A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.

  • Getty Vocabulary, AAT (pendants (jewelry): AAT: 300046002).