Ceremonial hacha

Maya
Late Classic Period
600–850


Object Place: Guatemala or El Salvador, Pacific Coast or Southern Highlands

Dimensions

Overall: 27.31 cm (10 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2008.197

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture

Stone hacha carved to portray a profile male head. A strip of cloth through his earlobe and across the back of his head pertains to blood sacrifice rites.

Provenance

Mid- to late 1950s or 1960s, acquired by José Luis and Ethelbert Molina, Miami [see note 1]; late 1980s, sold by the Molinas to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; after 1995, sold by Lands Beyond to Hy and Shirley Zaret, Westport, CT; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 25, 2008)

NOTES:
[1] According to information provided by Lands Beyond Gallery to the MFA, the Molina collection was formed between the mid-1950s and 1960s.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret