Nicoya Culture - Costa Rica, 200-600 AD.
Sculpture in pale blue-green stone veined with white with a polished and shiny surface.
Circular eyes with hollow pierced pupils are peering from his bird mask, his long ridged beak resting on his chest. He wears in symmetry a tiered headdress of triangular shape. The bottom of the pendant is shaped in the spatula form of an axe. A hole drilled through the deity's neck was used to suspend the pendant.
Work offered for sale with its base.
Height : 20 cm.
Width : 20 cm. 3.5 cm.
Depth: 3.5 cm. 2.5 cm deep.
Height with the base: 21 cm. Dimensions of the base: 5.2 x 3.2 cm.
Cf. Jones (1998: pls. 36 and 35).Jade axe-god pendants range from purely avian to composite figures of part-men, part bird. These celt-like pendant ornaments maybe depicting the avian alter ego of the shaman in a transformative ritual state.