Axe effigy currency
Object Place: México, West México
Overall: 9.8 x 13.5 x 0.3 cm (3 7/8 x 5 5/16 x 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Copper arsenic alloy
Not On View
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.
Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.
Gift of Margret Craver Withers