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Hacha carved on both sides with a profile human head. One side portrays a fleshed head and the other side portrays the same head but in skeletal form. The head is adorned with a headband decorated with rosettes, which recall the paper rosettes adorning Aztec deities during the late Postclassic...

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About 1962, André Emmerich Gallery, New York; about 1962, sold by Emmerich to Jeptha Wade (b. 1924 – d. 2008), and Emily (Mrs. Jeptha) Wade, Bedford, MA; 2012, bequest of Jeptha Wade to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Bequest of Jeptha H. Wade

Veracruz, Classic Period, 400–800

Object Place

Veracruz, Mexico

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Medium or Technique

Stone (basalt?) with traces of red pigment