Pre Colombian Mayan Jade Jaguar 200 AD- 600 AD

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Seller: webho (427) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 323945045667 Pre Colombian Mayan Jade Jaguar Mortar 200 - 600 ADUsed to crush cinnabar for ritual purposes. The ancient Maya may have thought cinnabar was sacred due to its color red. Red to the ancient Maya may have been associated with the east (which may be connected to the rising sun) and with blood, a sacred substance. Funerary RitesCinnabar was also used in funeral rites. Skeletons covered with cinnabar (or sometimes hematite) have been discovered, and the ritual seems to vary. In some burials such as Tikal Burial 10, the head seems to be the most important part for the cinnabar covering ritual. One famous example of cinnabar coated skeleton is lord Pacal. Another instance is of the "Red Queen" who was buried in tomb near lord Pacal's tomb. The reason they did this isn't entirely clear, but this practice may have been done in connection to the sacred color, possibly even meaning resurrection. Other RitualsBoth mercury and cinnabar have been found in places where rituals were performed. According to Robert. J Sharer, "In rituals involving fire, the Maya priests would burn cinnabar, transforming it into metallic mercury with mysterious qualities." PigmentAncient Maya painters used different kinds of substances to make paints. Among these substances was cinnabar, cinnabar as a kind of paint. However, cinnabar tends to darken. Funerary goods, such as incense burners (and in one instance, lord Pacal's sarcophagus), were also sometimes painted with cinnabar. Decorative CoatingAncient maya craftsmen would sometimes use cinnabar on jade. They would coat the jade with a very thin layer of copal, and then apply cinnabar. Classic Period200 - 600 ADPeten Region of Guatemala4" x 3"1 pound 4 oz of ancient Mayan Jade 100% AuthenticFrom a Private New York Estate AriMeca Gallery~ Condition: Extraordinary condition., Material: Jade, Provenance: Peten Region of Guatemala

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