Country of Origin: Costa Rica / Atlantic Watershed
Date: Ca. 800 - 1000 A. D.
Description: An avian mace head carved from a dense red/brown speckled volcanic stone measuring 7" in length by 2" in width. The piece is in absolutely pristine condition which suggests that it was used for ceremonial purposes or perhaps as a burial offering. The bird has huge round sunken eye sockets. Recent excavations suggest that many of the avian maces from this period most likely had iron pyrite inlaid in the eye sockets. The frontal crest is well defined and the beak is deeply incised...most likely a condor. The wings are defined by light etching and the rear section terminates in a long tapering point. The custom metal display stand is included in the purchase.
For Comparison: See "Art Of Costa Rica From The Arthur Sackler Collection"...page 282.
Provenance: A well respected East Coast Gallery.