DescriptionValdivian Black Stone Votive Axe
C. 3000-2000 BC
Dense Black Stone
6¼" Long x 5" Wide
The deep dark stone is ground with a 'U' shaped form with short 'ears' for attachment, the bulging center narrowing on each side, the front third worked into a tapering wide bit. The votive axes were formed by grinding a celt form and then shaping the ears and flattening the back. Normally found with strong patina and without damage, these axes were interred strictly for ritualistic offerings. The Valdivia created many offerings dedicated to fertility rites, these axes possibly representative of the female reproductive genitalia.
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000.
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