21 November 2006
OLMEC JADE CELT
MIDDLE PRECLASSIC, ca. 900 - 600 B.C.
smoothly polished with a tapering blade; in gray-green veined stone, pierced twice for suspension.
Length 3 7/8 in. (10 cm.)
Acquired in the 1960s
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Princeton, Olmec World, The Art Museum, Princeton University, December 16, 1995 - February 25, 1996, pl. 129, left.
Post Lot Text
The celt, perforated along the side, probably hung as a pectoral as depicted in the flying figures on La Venta Stela 2.
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