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Anthropomorphic axe pendant

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Jadeite pendant incised with a geometric rendering of a human figure with arms bent and hands meeting in the abdominal area. A single hole drilled horizontally through the piece behind the figure's neck allows for suspension. The pendant is carved from an axe form that was split vertically...

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Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

Guanacaste-Nicoya, Period IV, A.D. 1–500

Object Place

Guanacaste-Nicoya zone, Costa Rica


15.5 x 3 x 1.2 cm (6 1/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants