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Ax God (work of art)

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Costa Rican (Guanacaste-Nicoya Zone)
Sculpture, Stone
circa 200-400
6 x 2 in.
(15.2 x 5.1 cm)


Jadeite was the most precious of all materials in the eyes of the pre-Columbian peoples of Costa Rica. Jadeite and similar greenstones were worked into a wide variety of items worn as emblems of social and political power. One of the most common forms was the so-called ax god pendant, which was suspended from a cord around the neck. The name “ax god” comes from the form of the pendant, which replicates the shape of the traditional stone chopping tool, or ax.

tags: fashion, function, power,


  • Unknown Costa Rican Artist Ax God 200-400 Stone

    Ax God by Unknown Costa Rican Artist

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