An Olmec Greenstone Celt, Early Formative Period, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE.
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The Olmecs used long-distance trade routes to acquire greenstone, such as this example from Eastern Guatemala, over three hundred miles from their homeland suggesting greenstone celts had immense value in society. Scholars believe the Olmecs associated green stones with staples such as water, vegetation, and young corn. Research suggests greenstone celts, such as this example, represented ears of corn and were used as a form of currency by the Olmec. Based on burial practices, particularly objects from important burials at La Venta in Tabasco, Mexico, it appears greenstone celts were reserved for high nobility, royalty, and the gods.
cf: Karl A. Taube, Olmec Art at Dumbarton Oaks, 1996, p. 17-19
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition.
Dimensions: Height: 5 7/8 inches (15 cm)
Provenance: Old upstate New York estate collection.
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