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Costa Rica Jade Avian Axe God Celt Pendant Pre Columbian, 500 AD-1500 AD



Fine Costa Rican Jade Axe God, Guanacaste-Nicoya region, ca. A.D. 1-1500 Of celt form depicting the mythical part human- part avian figure, with circular eyes peering from the bird mask, the long beak with ridged caruncle resting on the chest, hands with incised fingers, and with a bird perched as headdress above; in brilliant speckled blue-green translucent stone, pierced through the neck for suspension. Measures: Length 6.25 inches Width 1.2 inches Depth .8 inch Very nice Costa Rican jade ( axe god ) effigy pendant in the form of a bird, influenced by the shape of a stone axe or celt. Deep green with specks slightly translucent stone. Avian effigy form, probably a parrot, eagle, or curassow. Simple elegant stylized form. Condition: Excellent. AVANTIQUES is dedicated to providing an exclusive curated collection of Fine Arts, Paintings, Bronzes, Asian treasures, Art Glass and Antiques. Our inventory represents time-tested investment quality items with everlasting decorative beauty. We look forward to your business and appreciate any reasonable offers. All of our curated items are vetted and guaranteed authentic and as described. Avantiques only deals in original antiques and never reproductions. We stand behind our treasures with a full money back return if the items are not as described. Jadeite was the most precious of all materials in the eyes of the pre-Columbian people of Costa Rica. Jadeite and greenstone were worked into a wide variety of items from tools and utensils to items worn as emblems of social and political power. Jade objects were a sign of wealth and prestige. A common form was the axe god pendant, which was suspended from a cord around the neck. The name "axe god" comes from the form of the pendant, which replicates the shape of the traditional stone chopping tool (or axe). While most are anthropomorphic, some represent animals or supernatural beings. There is evidence that the avian form related to land ownership or land management in Costa Rican Mayan culture. We know the antiquities business from the ground up, so we know what we're doing and what we're selling. All artifacts offered for sale are guaranteed ancient and authentic, and have been legally acquired and are legal to sell.  Meaning: no replicas. Nothing in the 'style of' any ancient culture which assures you of one very important thing: When you buy from us, you are unconditionally guaranteed authenticity or your money back! All items legal to buy and sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.25 in. (15.88 cm)Width: 1.2 in. (3.05 cm)Depth: .8 in. (2.04 cm)
  • Style
    Pre-Columbian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1000AD
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1774212686651

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