**Originally Listed At $300**
Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian/Shillacoto-Wairajirca culture, ca. 1800 to 1500 CE. A fine T-shaped hand axe carved from forest-green stone. The axe has a wide handle with a pair of protruding terminals, a tapered shoulder, and a hefty blade head with a sharpened edge. Hand axes of this form have been found as part of the Kotosh religious tradition, a name that archaeologists have given to ritual buildings built between 3000 and 1500 BCE in the mountain drainages of the high Andes. Hand axes like this one, although shaped like a real tool, were made specifically for ritual purposes and symbolized the power of their bearer, often following into the grave. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 4" W x 3" H (10.2 cm x 7.6 cm).
Provenance: private California, USA collection, acquired in 2004; ex-Gill Family collection, California, USA, acquired in 1980; ex-Colonel William R. Cameron collection, California, USA
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Small chips to areas of blade edge and handle, with minor abrasions on both sides of tool. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label on verso.