Thursday, June 11, 2015

1000 BC

A large and important Olmec jade ceremonial celt (an axe or blade) dating from 1200-300BC.
Amongst Mesoamerican cultures such as the Olmec and Maya jade was one of the most valuable and rare commodities and the steel of neolithic civilization, as the hardest substance known to them it made it an ideal tool or weapon.
 The value of jade went beyond its material worth. Perhaps because of its color, mirroring that of water and vegetation, it was symbolically associated with life and death and therefore possessed high religious and spiritual importance.
Our example comes from a private New York collection and has documentation showing provenance and legality. 13 inches tall without the custom museum quality stand.

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