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Emporium Auction | March 21, 2024

Thu, Mar 21, 2024 10:00AM EDT
Lot 658

Mesoamerican Carved Jade Bowl

Estimate: $500 - $700

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possibly Pre Columbian, acquired prior to 1944, dark gray with brown and whitish inclusions, 2-5/8 x 4-7/8 in.

Provenance: Estate of William E. Hughes, San Antonio, Texas; by descent in family

Note: This object tests as nephrite on the Presidium Gem Tester II.

Mr. William E. Hughes amassed this impressive collection of Mexican jade and stone artifacts in the early 20th century. Many of the artifacts are sourced from archaeological explorations in areas such as a tomb at Monte Alban, the Sacred Well at Chichen Itza, and the outskirts of Mexico City. In 1944, Mr. Hughes donated his collection of over 200 objects to the museum at the New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois. The artifacts would remain on display until 1973, when they were returned to the family. 


some surface dirt/accretion, significant cracking, chips, scratches, and wear most of which probably as made/inherent, possible crack and repair to one side

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Estate of William E. Hughes, San Antonio, Texas; by descent in family