Segmented Crown

Olmec, Mexico, c. 1,200-400 B.C.

Jade (Jadeite)

Gift of Dr. Robert L. and Chitranee Drapkin


This extremely rare crown consists of ten perforated segments, each with a convex curve at the top, and relief ornamentation of flanking spiral forms on either side of a median line. Each segment is perforated with holes at the four corners. A conspicuous emblem of royal status, the crown was a grave deposit.

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