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Item Details
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Culture
Mexico or Central America, Maya
Title
Axe
Work Type
Implements
Date
c. 250-900
Material
chipped flint
Measurements
Overall: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)
Description
Axes with stone blades and wooden hafts were used to clear land for planting. This more fragile example, made entirely of chipped flint, is a ceremonial version probably used in rituals before it was deposited in a tomb or an offering. Late Classic Maya vase paintings make the ceremonial associations of axes clear. In these painted scenes, axe-wielding deities dance among skeletons and supernatural animals, or raise the axe to strike a sacrificial victim.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: AA - Mesoamerica
Department: Art of the Americas
Gallery: 233 Mesoamerican and Intermediate Region
John L. Severance Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1997.170_print.tif
SSID
24630678

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