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Carved hacha

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This small hacha is carved with the image of a smiling elderly man wearing a large earflare. A stylized saurian or piscine creature embellishes his headdress. Although hachas were thought to be part of the gear worn by players of the Mesoamerican ballgame, their heavy weight may preclude such...

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Private collection, Massachusetts, by 1971; to John D. MacDonald, Massachusetts, by 1972; to MFA, December 1972, gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. MacDonald.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Dolliver MacDonald

Veracruz, Classic period, A.D. 500–800

Object Place

Veracruz, Gulf Coast region, México


17.8 x 12.7 cm (7 x 5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Black diorite with feldspar inclusions and traces of red hematite or cinnabar pigment




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