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Eccentric Flint

Artist/Maker: Maya (archaeological culture) (Mesoamerica)

Date: ca. 600-900
Medium: flint
Overall: 6 x 7 x 5/8 in. (15.2 x 17.8 x 1.6 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Museum purchase through 35th Anniversary Funds
Object number: 85.0078
DescriptionThree faces or profiles can be seen in this exceptional example of flint knapping. Master artisans crafted objects such as these, called eccentrics because each one is unique, from chert and flint found in the Maya Mountains. These objects were mounted on a wooden staff and carried in royal processions; they were never meant to be used like other flint tools such as projectile points. Later they were deposited in royal tombs and caches.
Not on view