Artifacts - Mexico and Central America

 Pre-Columbian Stone Carving

6 Costa Rican Mayan 

Anthropomorphic Pendants

circa 100 BC to 500 AD

collected circa 1970


From a California private collection 

Large figure - DIMENSIONS

approx 3 3/4" high x 1 1/2" wide x 7/8" thick

CONDITION: typical weathering from age and burial.  No repairs. Nice!

A grouping of six preclassic anthropomrphic Mayan stone carvings from Costa Rica.  Five lozenge / celt shaped full figures and one stone head. Carved from various materials.  Three carved from a soapstone like material with a linear matrix. Head and second smallest figure carved from a hard, serpentine like stone with a speckled matrix.  The smaller of the two has a greenish tint.  Smallest figure is carved from a semi glossy yellowish stone.  Linear features similar to jade and jadeite axe god pendants from the same region, and also similar in some ways to Mezcala style figurines from Mexico. Stylized design with simple grooves delineating eyes, mouth, facial planes, waist, arms and legs. Head is drilled for hanging.  Others were probably strung with a cord around the neck.


head - approx 2 3/16" high x 1 1/2" wide x 5/8" thick

greenish fig - approx  1 1/2" high x 1/2" wide x 1/4" thick

yellowish fig - approx 1 1/4" high x 5/8" wide x 1/4" thick


CONDITION: typical weathering from age and burial.  No repairs. Smallest figure is chipped at bottom.


taller rough figure - approx 2 1/2" high x 7/8" wide across shoulders x 1/4" thick.  

smaller rough figure - approx 1 7/8" high x 5/8" wide across shoulders x 1/2" thick.

CONDITION: Typical age wear.  taller figure is repaired from two pieces.  Smaller figure has no damage.

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