Costa Rican Anthropomorphic Axe God Pendant. It is carved in low relief with a highly glass-like polish front—linear incising for all facial features. Hands are united across the upper chest. The rear shows a flat sawed surface, partly smoothed and broken septum—a sharp bottom edge. There are two drilled holes on each side of the head through which this object could be suspended and worn. Beautiful speckled medium green jade. H. 3.35” tall. Choice condition. Guanacaste-Nicoya region, Costa Rica. Ca. 500 B.C. – 500 A.D. Positioned on the stand for illustration purposes but can be made upon request without charge. Lead production time is 3-5 working days.
The axe gods are believed to have had ceremonial and symbolic significance, possibly representing deities or ancestral spirits. They were crafted with great skill, showcasing the artistic and technical prowess of the ancient cultures in the region. The use of jade underscores its cultural importance, as jade was highly valued for its rarity and perceived spiritual properties.
Carvings on Guanacaste-Nicoya Jade axe gods are culturally and symbolically significant, portraying mythological, spiritual, or ceremonial themes. These intricate carvings played a role in religious rituals, serving as conduits between the physical and spiritual realms. The artifacts, crafted with precious materials like jadeite jade, denoted high social status and participation in important ceremonies. Nature-inspired elements in the carvings highlight the cultural connection to the environment, while the use of jade adds ritualistic importance associated with fertility and renewal. These carvings offer insights into the cultural identity and artistic expression of the ancient Mesoamerican societies in the Guanacaste-Nicoya region.
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