Jade. Totem Pole

Age: 20th century

Condition: Excellent

Size (cminches): 7 x 2 x 8

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Jade. Carved totem pole.

History & Provenance

The Aztecs, Mayas and other Native American peoples of Mexico and Central America carved jadeite for use as ornaments, amulets, and badges of rank. Nearly all of these Meso-American jades are of various shades of green, with emerald, green the most highly prized colour among the Aztecs. The appreciation of jade died out in Meso-America after the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. That said the 20th century brought about a renaissance amongst North American native peoples in the fabrication of jade – above is a late 20th century example of this art.

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