A Costa Rican Jadeite Owl Pendant, Classic Period, 300 - 900 CE
Possibly from Guanacaste, this early pendant was made in the shape of a celt, or ax, with the top worked into an owl head and torso. Circular eyes and a wide downturned beak define the head above folded wings, in a basic version of what would be the classic Costa Rican bird pendant in jade. The bird-celt pendant would undergo many elaborations during subsequent centuries, all the while retaining these essential features.
Condition: Corner section of pendant blade reattached with break line slightly visible.
Dimensions: Length: 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm)
Provenance: Collection of Joel Lloyd, NYC., acquired during the 1940s-1950s, then by descent to daughter.