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Vera Cruz Stone Hacha Depicting Ocelocoatl / Tlacuache

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Vera Cruz Stone Hacha Depicting Ocelocoatl / Tlacuache

Lot 0064 Details

Description
Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Veracruz, ca. 600 to 800 CE. Finely carved on both sides, a ceremonial grey stone hacha (axe) depicting an animal, perhaps an ocelocoatl or a tlacuache, voraciously eating a fruit within his grasp. The ancient Meso-American cultures created special stone objects for their ritual ball game including yokes, palmas, and hachas. Stone yokes were the ritual versions of leather and wood varieties worn around the waists of players to protect them from the rubber ball. Hachas, along with palmas, were set on the yoke to the front side of the player perhaps to help control the ball but also as an element of ceremonial dress. Hachas were also used as stone markers along the perimeter of the ball courts. A wonderful example from this ancient tradition. Size: 7" W x 8.75" H (17.8 cm x 22.2 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Private Massachusets Collection.

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Condition
Some roughness beside the animal's legs. Overall excellent with nice mineral deposits.
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Vera Cruz Stone Hacha Depicting Ocelocoatl / Tlacuache

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Jun 02, 2016
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$400
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0064: Vera Cruz Stone Hacha Depicting Ocelocoatl / Tlacuache

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$800
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$1,500
Starting Price
$400
Exceptional Antiquities | Ethnographic Art
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Lot 0064 Details

Description
...
Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Veracruz, ca. 600 to 800 CE. Finely carved on both sides, a ceremonial grey stone hacha (axe) depicting an animal, perhaps an ocelocoatl or a tlacuache, voraciously eating a fruit within his grasp. The ancient Meso-American cultures created special stone objects for their ritual ball game including yokes, palmas, and hachas. Stone yokes were the ritual versions of leather and wood varieties worn around the waists of players to protect them from the rubber ball. Hachas, along with palmas, were set on the yoke to the front side of the player perhaps to help control the ball but also as an element of ceremonial dress. Hachas were also used as stone markers along the perimeter of the ball courts. A wonderful example from this ancient tradition. Size: 7" W x 8.75" H (17.8 cm x 22.2 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Private Massachusets Collection.

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#113712
Condition
...
Some roughness beside the animal's legs. Overall excellent with nice mineral deposits.

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