Axe effigy currency

Tarascan
Postclassic period
A.D. 1200–1500


Object Place: México, West México

Dimensions

Overall: 9.8 x 13.5 x 0.3 cm (3 7/8 x 5 5/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.822

Medium or Technique

Copper arsenic alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Metalwork

Copper alloy cold-hammered into an axe-like shape, which functioned as currency during Postclassic times among many cultures in highland México. This may be a modern replica.

Provenance

Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers