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Axe effigy currency

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Copper alloy cold-hammered into an axe-like shape, which functioned as currency during Postclassic times among many cultures in highland México. This may be a modern replica.

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: 9.8 x 13.5 x 0.3 cm (3 7/8 x 5 5/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.822

Medium or Technique

Copper arsenic alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Metalwork