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Axe God Pendant

Caribbean Watershed, Period IV
1-500 CE
11.13 x 4.23 x 1.51 cm (4 3/8 x 1 11/16 x 5/8 in.)

Not on view


Baudez, Claude 1970 Central America. Geneva, Nagel. p. 26.

Balser, Carlos 1980 Jade Precolombino de Costa Rica. Instituto nacional de Seguros, San Jose, Costa Rica.. p. 122, pl. 95.

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. 159, pl. XCIV.

Benson 1981, pl. 54, cat. no. 161

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.