Axe head/Votive axe

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Culture/People
probably Olmec (archaeological culture) (attributed)
Previous owner
Leo Stein, Non-Indian, 1872-1947
Seller
Leo Stein, Non-Indian, 1872-1947
Presenter/funding source
Thea Heye (Thea Kowne/Mrs. Dorothea Page/Mrs. George Gustav Heye), Non-Indian, 1888-1935
Object Name
Axe head/Votive axe
Media/Materials
Granite
Techniques
Carved, incised, polished
Dimensions
31 x 17 x 12 cm
Object Type
Ceremonial/Ritual items
Place
Coast; Veracruz State; Mexico
Date created
2000–850 BC (Early Formative period)
Collection History
Collection history unknown, but said to have been collected or excavated before 1880; formerly in the collection of Leo Stein (1872-1947, renowned art collector and brother of Gertrude Stein); purchased by MAI from Leo Stein in 1928 using funds donated by Thea (Mrs. George) Heye.
Catalog Number
16/3400
Barcode
163400.000
See related items
Olmec (archaeological culture)
Ceremonial/Ritual items
On View
NMAI, New York, NY: Infinity of Nations, Mesoamerica & Circum Caribbean
Data Source
National Museum of the American Indian
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