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*Jade-green Pre Columbian Serpentine Axe God Pendant 6–7th Century Costa Rica

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Seller: janetplanet1 (20,463) 100%, Location: Metuchen, New Jersey, Ships to: US, Item: 401457340873 GENUINE Pre Columbian Jade-green colored Serpentine Axe God Pendant Figurine 6th – 7th Century Mesoamerican Costa Rica This is a genuine Pre Columbian serpentine figure pendant, commonly called an “axe god” because of the shape. Most of these figures are jade but at the time the ancients didn't have a way to discern jade from other similar green stones, some are serpentine--a host rock of jadeite--, as is the case with this one. It's specific gravity is 2.76 (serpentine, as opposed to between 2.9 - 3.03 for jade). Although all of these serpentine and jade figures are rare today, this one is especially unusual due to the fact that it has defined legs instead of the more common “axe” bottom, although it still maintains the traditional taper of the standard axe shape when viewed for the side. The positioning of the arms, folded upwards on each side of the chest (as in later Pre-Columbian gold figures) is also less typical than the standard figures which usually place the arms parallel across the chest. Under magnification you can see supple tooling marks throughout the surface. The marks are typical of the time period and not perfectly parallel as modern tool marks are. The surface has a nice “soft” look, again typical for an original Mesoamerican piece, unlike the often harsh cuts and sharp edges caused by modern tools and the overall lack of finesse that the original Pre Columbian artist were so skilled at achieving (although much of that look is due to the type of tools used at the time, which would make it difficult to achieve the harsh lines that are common on modern pieces, caved with modern tools). The right foot has what I think is a small chip, although its edges aren’t rough or sharp so perhaps it’s just an imperfection that was in the stone and not completely carved away when it was made. You can see the “chip” in the last two photos at the bottom of the page. Other than that the piece is in good shape. The hand drilled suspension hole (generally drilled using bone or wood with an abrasive) has an accumulation of mineral deposits lining the inner walls, a typical sign of age. The use of jade-green stone in Costa Rica comes to an end about 500 - 600 AD, when there was a cultural shift towards gold for use in luxury items. The overall style of this figure is typical of this period. It measures about 3 15/16 inches tall and about 1 inch in width. It weighs about 50.78 grams. The best way to describe this wonderful piece is with lots of photos, so please look carefully at all the photos to see the item’s condition and take note of any wear. If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer! It is from a smoke free home. PLEASE READ: Payment must be received within 2 days of end of auction. Any item may be returned if not as described/pictured but please email me first. I will refund cost of item plus shipping/handling cost (I can’t refund shipping cost for an individual item if it was shipped with other items). But please remember I only issue refunds if the item you receive is not as described/pictured. I DO NOT CHECK MY EMAIL FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. GOOD LUCK! Material: Serpentine

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