|Ca. 550-950 A.D.|
Large and important, rich, medium blue-green jade cobble belt celt. Incised decoration with highly complex imagery over the entire front surface. Celts such as this are sometimes referred to as puzzle pieces, because of the multitude of different images encoded into the complex design. Images include a large angel fish, a rattlesnake head, a long beaked bird, an alligator head and several other zoomorphic heads. Large drilled perforation is for attachment to the ruler’s belt. Two small bi-conical drilled attachment holes on the upper and lower edges, were originally for decorative attachments, one hole edge open, otherwise intact, excellent condition. Some remaining red cinnabar highlights are embedded in the decoration. Custom metal base.
|Lowlands, Copan Region, Honduras.|
|Provenance: Private Malibu collection, ex. Splendors of the World Gallery, ex. Murray Korda collection, Florida.|
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