Artifacts - Mexico and Central America

Three Pre-Columbian

 Costa Rican Mayan

 Blades / Points

circa 500 to 1000 AD

collected circa 1970


From a California private collection 

A nice grouping of Mayan blades in three materials.  One Saw tooth serrated blade in semi translucent gray flint, one teardrop knife or spear point in a creamy agate-like stone with a distinctive matrix, and one very nice example of an obsidian prismatic blade. 

backlit obsidian blade showing transparency and color.

Mayan serrated blade.

dimensions: approx 2 5/8" long x 1 1/8" wide  x 1/4" thick

condition: broken off at right end. 

While left end is irregular, it appears to be in original condition.

Prismatic blade - dimensions: approx 1/2" wide x 5" long x 3/16" thick

Good condition. A few tiny chips from use.  Tip is rounded with interesting fine scratching, probably also from regular use.

Obsidian was a popular material for the Maya, used for ceremonial objects, art objects, tools, and weapons. Prismatic blades and microblades were struck from an obsidian core, and were used individually as tools or combined to make more fearsome weapons.


dimensions: approx 1 3/4" wide x 4 1/2" long x 3/8" thick

Good condition. Tiny loss at tip.

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