Pre-Columbian Copper "Axe Money" Tajaderas, ca. 12th - 15th century CE
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Found in both Mesoamerica and the Andes, bronze or copper was smelted and then hammered into thin, axe-like forms and bundled in multiples of five, usually twenty. As they are often found in burials, it is likely that in addition to their presumed economic use, they also had ceremonial value.
Dimensions: Max length: 5 7/8 inches (14.9 cm)
Condition: In good condition overall.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1970-80s.