DescriptionMaya Alabaster Hacha
C. 600-900 AD
5¾" Tall x 4" Deep
The flat sided stone is notched on the back for placement to lean into an architectural mount, the top with a high arching crest. The face shows puffed deep cheek bones, bulging oval eyes, the mouth with thick lips, lower lip loosely held and exposing a row of teeth above a rounded chin. Carved from a thick choice of translucent yellow and white alabaster, the surface exhibits pecked and polished traits as well as stone grinding techniques. Such hachas are considered to have been trophies awarded during the ball game ceremonies and alabaster objects are often considered to have originally been highly painted with gesso decoration which rarely survives. An attractive and scarcely seen sized example.
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