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Atlantic Watershed Jade Mace Head in the Form of a Skull - PF.2243
Origin: Eastern Costa Rica
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 3.375" (8.6cm) high
Catalogue: V6
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Jade


Location: United States
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This ancient carved mace head, whose form derives from a weapon of war, was probably carries in a ceremonial capacity by a clan or group. With abstract power, it depicts a shouting human head, perhaps a symbol of strength in battle. Carried atop a staff or pole, it would have designated earthly status among the tribes of Ancient Costa Rica. Even after the passage of centuries, it radiates an awesome power that captures our attention and holds us riveted. - (PF.2243)

 

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