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"Among the ancient Maya, jade was esteemed for its beauty and preciousness and a rarefied embodiment of life essence."
Taube, 2005: p. 47
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MAYAN JADE PENDANT OF THE MAIZE GOD
The adroitly carved visage of a dignitary shows the classic Mayan lunate, downward-cast eyes, aquiline nose and parted lips, adorned with a scalloped and pierced collar, earspools, and layered headdress composed of arched corn silk motifs with the central maize cob sunken in the sheath and flanked by beaded elements symbolic of kernels; in moss green stone, pierced laterally for suspension.
The Maize God (Num Kaak) is symbolic of life itself to the ancient Maya and even their predecessors, the Olmec. The youthful Maize God's head forms an analog to the sprouting corn cob.
For a similar example, see Joralemon and Benson, 1980: p. 27, no. 55.