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    Description

    A Superb Large Jade Female Axe God Celt Pendant
    Costa Rica, c. 300 - 700 AD

    Lovely mottled gray and green jade with a high polish. A half-figure with raised circular female breasts, suggestion of a necklace, grooved at mouth and eyes, finely rendered ears and a bird at very top with unusual wing shapes to sides of head. Pierced through neck for suspension and with break line down back. In excellent condition.

    Provenance:
    Private collection, Atlanta, GA
    Enrique Vargas Alfaro, 1960s. Mr. Alfaro was the source of highest quality Pre-Columbian art sold to prestigious collections such as Andre Emmerich, Morton D. May, Frederick and Jan Mayer, and William C. and Carol W. Thibodeaux. Artworks listing him as provenance appear in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, The Denver Art Museum, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

    Enrique was the grandson of Anastasio Alfaro (1865-1951), archaeologist, geologist, ethnographer, explorer and writer -- an important personality in the cultural development of Costa Rica. He was a member of the board at the National Museum of Costa Rica and author of Antigüedades en Costa Rica (1892).

    Height: 9 inches


    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    May
    29th Friday 2:50 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    May
    29th Friday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    2 Days 14h 12s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: 19
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    This lot is in: 2 - Signature® Floor Session (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 70279-70506) - 3:00 PM Central Time, Friday, May 29, 2020.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

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    Additional Location Info:
    Heritage Auctions - Design District Showroom
    1518 Slocum Street
    Dallas, TX 75207

    Current Bid:
    $2,600
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