Framed Museum Cast Of Original Mayan Jade Hummingbird Amulet C. 100 Ad Mexico For Sale
EXCLUSIVE -A Limited Edition Direct Cast
A MAYAN Carved JADE
HUMMINGBIRD WARRIOR AMULET
and perhaps a ritual piercing
The Original was Carved Over 2,000 Years Ago
Shadow Box Framed and Double Matted under Glass
This is one of only 50
of these Recreations Ever Produced
x 1 3/8" high
x 9 3/4"
x 1 3/4" deep
Wooden Frame with double
matting, under glass
with engraved brass plate
Made In USA
Cast Directly From Original
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This exact reproduction
was molded directly from the original ceremonial jade figure
using a unique, patent pending technology which exactly duplicates
the object without risking direct contact. This guarantees the safety
and integrity of the original antiquity while permitting an exact duplicate
to be produced. The technique perfectly reproduces the
original artifact down to the finest tool marks made by the original artist.
Unlike other reproduction techniques, there has been NO modern recarving
or reinterpretation of the piece. It is presented as it was
The original jade
hummingbird is currently in a private collection and was reproduced by
Echoes In Time under exclusive agreement with the owners.
is individually handmade and hand finished by artisans in USA with
particular attention to authenticity and craftsmanship.
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400 B.C. - A.D. 100
Xochipala, Western Mexico
This unusual early Mayan/Olmec hummingbird
figure is cast from the original 2000 year old jade piece discovered in
archeological excavations in Xochipala. It is a very early piece
with strong ties to the earlier Olmec civilization. While having
a hummingbird's beak, the tufts and long head feather suggests a Macaw,
while the multiple tail feathers may represent those of a bird of prey.
This Bird Warrior may have been a protective amulet, with the all-seeing
eye giving warning (sdd siscussion below).
Some experts believe that the long beak
on this piece was actually used as is a perforator to draw blood from the
tongue or the genitals as part of ritual blood letting ceremonies.
A Mayan legend speaks of a hummingbird piercing the the tongue of ancient
kings. When the blood from the wound was poured on sacred scrolls
and burned, divine ancestors appeared in the smoke (the Serpent Serpent).
Our stunning recreation of the Hummingbird Warrior is artfully framed for
hanging or overhead display. Capture this small but mighty piece and it
will command the attention of all who view it.
The Mayan culture is one of the most fascinating
and important civilizations in human history. The prehispanic Mayan Culture
spans from approximately 1800 B.C. to the 16th century A.D., or about 3,400
years. The Maya settled a territory covering approximately 400,000 square
kilometers, including the area of the present states of Yucatán,
Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas in Mexico and parts of Belize,
Guatemala and El Salvador. The Preclassic period lasted from 1800
B.C. to 250 A.D.
The Maya made great scientific and technical
achievements. They created beautiful examples of monumental architecture
without the use of metal implements (since their technology included only
carved, polished stone tools) and without the wheel. They developed a hieroglyphic
writing system, used codices (books of treebark paper), created a base
20 mathematical system, and invented the mathematical concept of zero.
They produced calendars with greater accuracy than any other of the time,
including the European or Georgian calendar, which we use today. They possessed
wide astronomical knowledge about the celestial cycles of Venus and the
moon, and created precise tables on the movement of the sun, the moon and
the stars. Finally, they developed the arts - including painting, sculpture
and jade carving - the sciences, and medicine.
WARRIOR - Size Isn't What Matters!
Beautiful, iridescent, fragile and vulnerable
all appear to describe the hummingbird. The Maya, however were keen
observers and students of nature. They held the tiny humming- bird in high
esteem as a warrior because of its agility and the fierceness with which
it will defend its nest against all intruders, regardless of size.
The hummingbird moves with amazing speed and incredible agility, hovering
stationary in air or darting rapidly in a seemingly unpredictable and almost
magical manner. Beautiful, delicate, magical, fast and fearless,
everything a Mayan might aspire to be or want to be protected by.
One Mayan legend (told in the book The
Hummingbird King: A Guatemalan Legend) tells of a Mayan prince who,
at birth, was visited by a sacred hummingbird bird. The beautiful bird
leaves a feather as a present for this newborn prince. From this day the
prince carried the feather with him and in turn the feather protected him
against all evil or from being hurt. He became invincible. His people
in turn loved the prince because he protected them. One Mayan warrior was,
however, jealous of the prince. His envy led him to steal the prince's
feather which resulted in the prince being killed in battle. The
Mayan people still believe that this prince, and the hummingbird, protects
and watches over them.
For most people, the word "jade" evokes
exotic images of the Chinese emperors. Few people realize the rich jade
history of the Americas. To the Pre-Columbian people of Mesoamerica, jade
meant life, fertility, and power; it was revered above gold. The association
of the aristocracy with the brighter greens indicated that they valued
jade above all other materials. Just as bright green jade was reserved
for Chinese emperors, in Mesoamerica, bright green jadeite was reserved
for kings and royalty. All MesoAmericans considered jade the most precious
of objects and used it ornamentally as ear spools, necklaces, pectorals
and bracelets. Full-scale portraits used as death masks were made
of small pieces of jade mosaiced or joined together and large quantities
of ritually “killed” jade objects have been discovered in Mayan cenotes
(large natural underground water storage areas).
ORIGINAL PreCOLUMBIAN ART
ECHOES IN TIME
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