12 November 2004
A COSTA RICAN JADE AXE-GOD
Guanacaste-Nicoya region, ca. A.D. 1-500
With celt-like blade, the raised torso with massive hands placed against it, the long recurved beak with caruncle resting on the chest, with close-set sunken eyes, the whole surmounted by an anthropomorphic creature with finely incised wings and facial traits; in blue-green finely veined stone, pierced laterally at the neck.
Height 7 7/8 in. (19.5 cm.)
John Hauberg Collection, Seattle
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Elisabeth Kennedy Easby, Pre-Columbian Jade from Costa Rica, New York, 1968, frontispiece.
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Cf. Between Continents/Between Seas, pl.82.
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