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Stunning jade burial mask is found

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Tomb of 4th Century Mayan 'god-king' containing a stunning jade burial mask is found in Guatemala

    The presence of a jade portrait mask marks the the tomb as belonging to a royal
    Analysis of artefacts provisionally date the site between 300 and 350 AD
    This makes it the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered at the city of Waka'
    Previous research at the site revealed six royal tombs and sacrificial burials


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4884636/Tomb-Mayan-god-king-Guatemala.html#ixzz4t4tP7ysv


 

 

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I thought jade was typically green?

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48 minutes ago, and then said:

I thought jade was typically green?

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Depends on the source. It varies from bluish to light green.

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Learnt something new!

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Obviously, the mask of Wak Ahaw was anointed with red ochre, the sacred color of life over-painted with the sacred color of death, and of courage and sacrifice.

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20 minutes ago, Hammerclaw said:

Obviously, the mask of Wak Ahaw was anointed with red ochre, the sacred the color of life over-painted with the sacred color of death, and of courage and sacrifice.

For you, maybe. ;)  

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Just now, and then said:

For you, maybe. ;)  

Red has always been associated with death and nobility of sacrifice, from burials far back in the stone age, to the Blood of Christ and the robes of  Roman Cardinals, today 

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14 hours ago, Likely Guy said:

Depends on the source. It varies from bluish to light green.

It's possible the mask is jadeite and it's color, natural.

Unusual varieties of Jade. (Wikipedia)

 

Nephrite can be found in a creamy white form (known in China as "mutton fat" jade) as well as in a variety of light green colours, whereas jadeite shows more colour variations, including blue, red, black, dark green, lavender and white.[4] Of the two, jadeite is rarer, documented in fewer than 12 places worldwide. Translucent emerald-green jadeite is the most prized variety, both historically and today. As "quetzal" jade, bright green jadeite from Guatemala was treasured by Mesoamerican cultures, and as "kingfisher" jade, vivid green rocks from Burma became the preferred stone of post-1800 Chinese imperial scholars and rulers. Burma (Myanmar) and Guatemala are the principal sources of modern gem jadeite. In the area of Mogaung in the Myitkyina District of Upper Burma, jadeite formed a layer in the dark-green serpentine, and has been quarried and exported for well over a hundred years.[5] Canada provides the major share of modern lapidary nephrite. Nephrite jade was used mostly in pre-1800 China as well as in New Zealand, the Pacific Coast and the Atlantic Coast of North America, Neolithic Europe, and Southeast Asia. In addition to Mesoamerica, jadeite was used by Neolithic Japanese and European cultures.

 

 

 

 

 

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