Object Place: Veracruz, México, Gulf Coast region
Overall: 17.8 × 13.3 × 5.1 cm (7 × 5 1/4 × 2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Black diorite with feldspar inclusions and traces of red hematite or cinnabar pigment
Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)
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.
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)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Dolliver MacDonald