A Pre Columbian Costa Rican Carved Stone Mace Head

A Pre Columbian Costa Rican Carved Stone Mace Head , depicting a stylised Coyotes head
Circa 700 – 1000 A.D
Size : 6 cm high , 9 cm wide , 9.5 cm deep – 2¼ high , 3½ ins wide , 3¾ ins deep
When unearthed in controlled excavations these mace heads are found in funerary contexts with carved stone 'metates' , flat stone mortars ( see : Finch & Co catalogue no. 4 ( item no. 9 ) for an example ) , and jade axe pendants . They mark elite burials in Costa Rica and were probably ceremonial rather than for use as a weapon . The variety of motifs depicted , including skulls , owls , monkeys , bats and coyotes may relate to them being used as badges of office , and alluding to the power associated with military prowess .

A Pre Columbian Costa Rican Carved Stone Mace Head

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