Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Guanacaste/Nicoya region, ca. 200 to 600 CE. Finely carved from a verdant green jade with elegant black inclusions, an avian axe god, the lower section a nice celt form, the upper section representing a perky bird denizen of the Costa Rican rainforest with a delicately delineated beak, striated bands mid-beak, incised crest feathers, jutting claws/feet below the beak. In the Pre-Columbian World, birds were regarded as animals of the celestial realm that served as messengers between humankind and their deities. Laterally drilled behind the beak. Size: .875" W x 2.875" H (2.2 cm x 7.3 cm)
Provenance: private Vaught collection, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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