SUPERB SET OF PRE-COLUMBIAN MAYAN BLACK-GREEN JADE CELTS, c. 350 - 600 A.D.
Set consist of three small jade celts superbly polished with really sharp edges and great symethrical details in the polishing. Very attractive green-black stone.
Size: c. 40-52 mm. in length.
Axes of this size were as votive offerings or handiwork axes, we are not certain.
Ccording to the experts, Jade was the most precious material to the Maya - more precious than gold. Not just the Mayans prized jade. Tribes before and after the Maya all revered and treasured it, using it in the most sacred applications such as prestigious jewelry, burial masks and even burial armor suits. Jade also had a valuable application in weapons and tools due to its toughness.
Condition: Choice to superb, Two celts superb in all aspects, one celt with monor chip to the edge.
Provenance: Old Stockholm (Sweden) Estate collection of a deseased gentleman.