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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 Antig├╝edades en Costa Rica (1892).

    Height: 9 inches


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2020
    29th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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