Avian axe-god pendant

Costa Rican
Late Period IV
A.D. 1–500


Object Place: Guanacaste-Nicoya, Costa Rica

Dimensions

20.8 x 2.8 x 1.6 cm (8 3/16 x 1 1/8 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1972.945

Medium or Technique

Greenstone

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Geometrically stylized rendering of an anthropomorphic being, either a supernatural or a human wearing a quetzal bird headdress. A single suspension hole is drilled horizontally through the center to allow for suspension. The vertical cutting platform is visible on the rear of the pendant

Provenance

With John Dolliver MacDonald, Massachusetts, by 1972; to MFA, October 1972, gift of John Dolliver MacDonald.

Credit Line

Gift of John Dolliver MacDonald