Carved hacha

Veracruz
Classic period
A.D. 500–800


Object Place: Veracruz, México, Gulf Coast region

Dimensions

Overall: 17.8 × 13.3 × 5.1 cm (7 × 5 1/4 × 2 in.)

Accession Number

1972.1085

Medium or Technique

Black diorite with feldspar inclusions and traces of red hematite or cinnabar pigment

On View

Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

The fine carving of this small hacha suggests it is a ceremonial item, perhaps a trophy or insignia of accomplishment and status. It portrays an elderly man with a lizard- or fish-like emblem arching over his head.

Provenance

By 1971, Mr. and Mrs. John Dolliver MacDonald, Cambridge, MA; 1972, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. MacDonald to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1973)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Dolliver MacDonald