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,
Gift of Dr. Clifton F. Mountain and Mrs. Marilyn T. Mountain