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Axe effigy currency

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Copper alloy cast into an axe-like shape, which functioned as currency during Postclassic times among many cultures in highland México. The top of the axe is unusually thick (1.6 cm) and is pierced by a large hole.

Provenance

Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers

Tarascan, Postclassic period, A.D. 1200–1500

Object Place

West México, México

Dimensions

Overall: 11.5 x 11.4 x 1.6 cm (4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.821

Medium or Technique

Copper arsenic alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Metalwork