The Pectoral Jade (Wind Jewel) dating around A.D. 672
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The Pectoral Jade (Wind Jewel) dating around A.D. 672

The Pectoral Jade (Wind Jewel) was found at Nim Li Punit Archaeological Reserve, Toledo District, Belize with dimensions of 7.4 inches wide, 4.1 inches high and 0.3 inches thick.

The Mayan glyph for wind and breath is ‘IK’ and is shaped like a T.

Ancient Maya rulers were believed to represent the divinity of the gods and possessed the responsibility of all aspects of life, including the wind. For the Maya, the wind was more than just one of the four elements, it symbolized the breath of life and was fundamentally linked to the power of the King.

Suspected to be the great heirloom of the Royal Family and the community, this pectoral jade was most likely worn by the Maya King Janaab’ Ohl K’inich, whose name is described on the inscription at the rare of the jewel.

As explained by University of California archaeologist Geoffrey Braswell, the inscriptions of the pectoral explain that “He put on the necklace for the incense scattering ceremony”. He referring to the king, describing a common ritual.

Lets take a look at the story inscribed on the pendant interpreted by Dr. Geoffrey Braswell anthropologist with the Mesoamerican Archaeology Laboratory at the University of California San Diego.

Photograph Courtesy of the Institute of Archaeology

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