Lot 30
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Colima Jade Duck Head Pendant Late Preclassic, ca. 300-100 B.C.

8,000 - 12,000 USD
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  • jade
  • Length: 1 3/4 in (4.4. cm)
the abstract and animated depiction of a duck with rounded beak wide open and carefully drilled eyes; drilled lengthwise and at each side of the head.


Andre Emmerich Inc.
Count Guy du Boisrouvray, acquired from the above via Gübelin, Geneva, 1966
Sotheby's, New York, The Collection of the late Count and Countess Guy du Boisrouvray, October 27 and 28, 1989, lot 189


New York, Animals in Pre-Columbian Art, Andre Emmerich Inc., December 14, 1965-January 8, 1966, no. 39, illus.
Geneva, Les Tresors Precolombiens Chez Gübelin, Gübelin, May 2-31, 1966, no. 216 

Catalogue Note

Ducks were a revered animal as shown in Preclassic lapidary and ceramic objects, recognized for their ability to transverse the sea and sky. See Easby and Scott (1970: figs. 48, 49) for Olmec jade pendants.