Abstract human female effigy celt

Mezcala
Late Formative to Early Classic period
300 B.C.–A.D. 300


Object Place: Guerrero, Mexico

Dimensions

18 x 9.4 x 5.8 cm (7 1/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1974.508

Medium or Technique

Metamorphic green and black stone (diorite?)

On View

Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Objects like this are based on the shape of a “celt,” of axe, the standard agricultural chopping tool of Mesoamerica. Their function and symbolic meaning may relate to agricultural rites of fertility and regeneration.

Provenance

Published as in a United States collection in 1956 [Teochita, Inc. (Frances Pratt), New York]; to MFA, November 1974, purchase.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund