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Emporium Auction - September 14, 2023

Thu, Sep 14, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 277

Two Mesoamerican Carved Jade Mask Pendants

Estimate: $300 - $500

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possibly Pre Columbian, acquired prior to 1944, both light green with whitish inclusions, one with brown inclusions, 1 x 7/8 in. and 1-1/4 x 1-1/8 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 loaned 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. 

Accompanied by correspondence regarding the artifacts between the family and the New Trier Township High School. 


surface dirt/accretion, wear and abrasions possibly as made; smaller example with loss to holes for suspension, glue residue on back

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