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Item:132951056734My mother, Kathryn Swenson, was a Pre-Columbian authenticator and directed the Houston location of the Andre Emmerich Gallery in the 50's. Later she started her own gallery called "The New Arts". These beads are from her private collection. She collected these in the 1950's and 1960's during trips to Mexico with Joan Crystal of the Louisiana Gallery. Jadeite, also referred to as greenstone, very rarely occurs in nature separately; usually, it can be found in association with serpentinite, quartz, aluminum, etc. Moreover, jadeite almost never occurs in a pure form. This piece is a pendant from the Mezcala Pre-Classic period 300-100 BC. This culture was based in the Guerroro state of southwestern Mexico. Christies had an auction in Paris last year and sold one just like this for $566. and their estimate was $793.-$1133. Measures approx. 75mm x 50mm x 17mm. Here's a link to an interview that mentions my mother called Houston Reflections: Art in the City, 1950's (see "Remembering Commercial Galleries"): https://cnx.org/contents/eFQIsJEO@2.1:QJdUMU8b@1/Jim-Love-1927-2005 See obituary about Joan Crystal: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/passages/obituaries/article/Influential-Houston-art-dealer-Crystal-dies-7220075.phpCondition:Used, Condition:Many of these artifacts still have their original polished patina, but some have the expected calcification and etching from being under ground in moist conditions for millennia., Country/Region of Manufacture:Mexico, Material:Serpentine, Color:Dark Green
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Pre-Columbian Mezcala Pendant 300-100 AD (102 grams)