Maya Stone Deer Hacha

 

14321. Maya Stone Deer Hacha

Yucatan Ca. 600-900 A.D.

Carved gray volcanic stone hacha depicting a stylized animal head with a wide, curved jaw and deep set round eye sockets, tapered ridge head crest. Biconical drilled perforation through the upper portion for suspension.
Size: 10 inches H. x 7-1/2 inches W. + custom mount.
Overall surface deposits. Missing a piece from the tip of nose to lower lip, otherwise intact.
Deer are the most common animal living in tropical Mesoamerica. In ancient times they were associated with deities, sacrifice, rituals, of the hunt, and particularly regeneration of the sun.
Compare very similar examples in Secrets in Stone: Yokes, Hachas and Palmas from Southern Mesoamerica by E. M. Shook & E. Marquis.

Provenance: Ex John A. Moir, Jr. Trust of 2013.

Original Price: $1,950

Special Price: $1,750

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