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Item:333341983231The auction is for a Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Olmec black jade celt axe stone hand tool. Please see photos for details. It measures 1 3/4" high, and in millimeters is 46.4 x 27.3 x 15.7mm. The weight is 37.1 grams. PRE COLUMBIANMesoamericanOlmecBlack Greenstone JadeCelt Axe1.75" h37 grams Click images to enlarge Description The auction is for a Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Olmec black jade celt axe stone hand tool. Please see photos for details. It measures 1 3/4" high, and in millimeters is 46.4 x 27.3 x 15.7mm. The weight is 37.1 grams. "Greenstone axe heads, commonly known as “celts,” were some of the most important works of art across ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. Created from jadeite mined from the Motagua River Valley of southern Guatemala, or using local green stones from highland Mexico, celts were first created by the Olmec peoples of the Gulf Coast after 1000 B.C. The Olmec conceived of green celts as sprouts of maize and thus “planted” celts in dedicatory offerings, activating ceremonial spaces and perpetuating agricultural fertility. For the later Maya peoples, celts also served as dedicatory materials, but more so as adornments for the royal bodies of kings and queens. Often the celts would be thinned into celt-shaped plaques, strung together in pairs and triads in order to create belt assemblages that would have clinked with the sound of jades striking one another. Tombs from the Classic Period (ca. AD 250-900) contain celts of jadeite and various greenstones from Central Mexico to the southern Maya area, in what is now Honduras. Celts also held value for ancient peoples in Central America, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Costa Rican deposits are especially rich with greenstone celts, often having been split into halves, thirds, or sixths, and then drilled with a transverse whole so that the celt-shaped pendant could be worn. Sometimes the Costa Rican materials were clearly traded down from Mesoamerica; Olmec and Maya motifs remain on some of the reworked pendants recovered further south. The celts were often transformed into anthropomorphic or avian characters, but tended to always retain a bladed shape. Though the original meaning of Olmec and Maya celts related to the production of maize may have been lost when they reached Costa Rica, greenstone as a valuable material endured well into the late 1st millennium A.D." by James Doyle, 2016 Visit My eBay Store Payment Paid orders must be shipped within one business day. I combine shipping and will hold unpaid orders up to 14 days. Please contact me for a revised invoice for combined shipping before check out. Contact Us My goal is to provide you with the best possible customer service. Your satisfaction is very important to me and I do accept returns. If you would like to return your item, or have any questions or concerns please email me and I will help you directly. Pictures sell! Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing.250+ Listing Templates! Auctiva gets you noticed! The complete eBay Selling Solution. Track Page Views WithAuctiva's FREE CounterCondition:Please see photos for details., Type:Celt Axe, Featured Refinements:Pre-Columbian Antiquities, Material:Stone
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