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Celt with Incised Profile

Date:
10th–4th century B.C.
Geography:
Mexico, Mesoamerica
Culture:
Olmec
Medium:
Jade (jadeite)
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/8 x W. 3 1/8 in. (36.5 x 7.9 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Implements
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1963
Accession Number:
1978.412.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 358
A large, finely finished jadeite celt with an engraved profile image of an early Mexican deity was not a working tool but an object of specialized use and sacred signficance.
[Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York, until 1956]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1956, on loan to Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1956–1963; Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1963–1978.

Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, no. 555.

Primitive Art Masterworks: an exhibition jointly organized by the Museum of Primitive Art and the American Federation of Arts, New York. New York: The American Federation of Arts, 1974.

Newton, Douglas. Masterpieces of Primitive Art: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.

Fields, Virginia M., and Dorie Reents-Budet. Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship. London and Los Angeles: Scala Publishers Limited, 2005, 13, 111.



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