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Avian axe-god pendant

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Geometrically stylized rendering of an anthropomorphic being, either a supernatural or a human wearing a quetzal bird headdress. A single suspension hole is drilled horizontally through the center to allow for suspension. The vertical cutting platform is visible on the rear of the pendant

Provenance

With John Dolliver MacDonald, Massachusetts, by 1972; to MFA, October 1972, gift of John Dolliver MacDonald.

Credit Line

Gift of John Dolliver MacDonald

Costa Rican, Late Period IV, A.D. 1–500

Object Place

Guanacaste-Nicoya, Costa Rica

Dimensions

20.8 x 2.8 x 1.6 cm (8 3/16 x 1 1/8 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1972.945

Medium or Technique

Greenstone

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants