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Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian, ca. 1800 to 1500 BCE. An intriguing hatchet-sized axe carved from mottled emerald-green stone with dark inclusions. The tool has a cylindrical handle, an angular shoulder, and a crescent-shaped blade edge. The lustrous stone from which this axe was carved indicates that it had a symbolic ceremonial purpose or was perhaps carved as a funerary offering. Size: 8" L x 3.2" W (20.3 cm x 8.1 cm).

Provenance: private California, USA collection, acquired in 2004; ex-private Gill family collection, Pebble Beach, California, USA, acquired in 1980; ex-Colonel William R. Cameron (Ret.) collection, California, USA, acquired in 1965 to 1968

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Small loss to end of handle, with minor abrasions to handle and blade head. Light earthen deposits along handle.

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Rare Valdivian Greenstone Axe

Estimate $400 - $600Apr 29
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Louisville, CO, USA