Pre-Columbian, Valley of Mexico, Mixtec people, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A lovely set of cast-copper axe blades (also called celts) that could also function as chisels. The shorter celt exhibits a lovely copper-brown color and has a slightly-flared blade edge. The larger celt has a lengthy body with a thick butt end, a more-pronounced flare to the blade edge, and scattered areas of gorgeous green and russet-hued patina. The larger of the two celts may have been part of a "tlaximaltepoztli," a common weapon used throughout Mesoamerica with a copper or bronze axe head inlaid into a hole through a wooden shaft. If used as a weapon, it would represent Tepoztecatl, the god of fertility. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 6.5" L x 2.125" W (16.5 cm x 5.4 cm); 5.75" H (14.6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Arizona, USA collection
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