Belt Plaque Gold; stamped. H. 6 cm Scythian culture. Second half of the 7th century BC Melgunov (Litoi) Barrow, Dnieper Area, near Kirovograd Russia (now Ukraine) Source of Entry: Kunstkammer, St Petersburg. 1859
Pectoral Ornament c. 1200-1519 Mixtec or Aztec This extraordinary pendant consists of a conch shell section carved in jade, enclosed in a delicate gold frame with tiny dangling bells. This symbol was worn by the deity Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) a culture hero credited in one myth with creating human life by sprinkling his blood on ground bones. The pectoral may have been worn by a priest, or by a ceremonial impersonator of Quetzalcoatl.