Although possibly more than one thousand years old, this carved volcanic stone metate looks like a stool designed by Zaha Hadid or Finn Juhl. Carved from one piece of stone this would have originally been used as a grinding stone for corn.
We just acquired this from the deaccessioning auction of an arts center in the Midwest and unfortunately it did not come with any provenance. Estimating the age and exact origin of Pre-Columbian artifacts can be difficult but it could be Costa Rican. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metate
Because it's a large example, at 14 inches tall, it would work well as a stool in any contemporary interior.
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