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Axe God Pendant

Caribbean Watershed, Period IV
500 BCE-500 CE
8.89 cm x 3.81 cm x 2.22 cm (3 1/2 in. x 1 1/2 in. x 7/8 in.)

Not on view


Balser, Carlos 1953 El Jade Precolombino De Costa Rica. Museo Nacional, San Jose , Costa Rica. fig. 3.

Benson, Elizabeth P. 1963 Handbook of the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C., p. 34, cat. 171.

Bliss, Robert Woods 1957 Pre-Columbian Art: The Robert Woods Bliss Collection. Text and Critical Analyses by S. K. Lothrop, Joy Mahler and William F. Foshag. Phaidon, New York. p. 261, cat. 158, pl. XCIV.

Kubler, George 1962 The Art and Architecture of Ancient America; the Mexican, Maya, and Andean Peoples. The Pelican History of Art, Z21. Penguin Books, Baltimore. p. 217-218, pl. 113b.

Exhibition History
"Indigenous Art of the Americas", National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, November 1952 to July 1962.

"Flights of Fancy: Birds in Pre-Columbian Art" Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 10/1/2009 - 2/28/2010.

Acquisition History
Formerly in the collection of Carlos Balser, San Jose, Costa Rica

Purchased from Earl Stendahl, Los Angeles (dealer), by Robert Woods Bliss, 1949

Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Washington, DC, 1949-1962

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Pre-Columbian Collection, Washington, DC.