An Olmec Greenstone Celt, Early Formative Period, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE.

Object No: PX2002

$1,950 USD
The meticulous flaking, and careful smoothing to a soft, lustrous sheen defines this beautiful celt. Carved from very dark green stone, this is a highly-stylized ritual hand tool for ceremonial and funerary purposes. Impressive in its technique, iconography, and inherent beauty, this celt exemplifies the artistry and arduous methodology of the ancient stoneworkers.

The Olmecs used long-distance trade routes to acquire greenstone, such as this example from Eastern Guatemala, over three hundred miles from their homeland suggesting greenstone celts had immense value in society. Scholars believe the Olmecs associated green stones with staples such as water, vegetation, and young corn. Research suggests greenstone celts, such as this example, represented ears of corn and were used as a form of currency by the Olmec. Based on burial practices, particularly objects from important burials at La Venta in Tabasco, Mexico, it appears greenstone celts were reserved for high nobility, royalty, and the gods.

cf: Karl A. Taube, Olmec Art at Dumbarton Oaks, 1996, p. 17-19

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition.

Dimensions: Height: 5 7/8 inches (15 cm)

Provenance: Old upstate New York estate collection.

 

Sands of Time provides a lifetime, unconditional guarantee of authenticity and provenance. Every artifact purchased from us is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, stating culture, provenance and age. Furthermore, we conduct due diligence to ensure the item, to the best of our knowledge, has not been illegally obtained from an excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. Wherever possible, reference is made to existing collections or publications.

Sands of Time Antiquities are proud to uphold the following Code of Conduct:

  • We undertake to make, to the best of our ability, all purchases in good faith.
  • We undertake not to purchase or sell objects until we have established, to the best of our ability, that such objects were not stolen from excavations, architectural monuments, public institutions or private property.
  • We will not dismember and sell separately parts of one complete object.
  • We undertake to the best of ability to keep objects together that were originally meant to be kept together.
  • As appropriate we will keep photographic records of objects prior to repair and restoration, to be honest and open by describing in writing the amount of repair and restoration undertaken to a prospective purchaser.
  • To the best of our ability, we guarantee authenticity and provenance of all objects offered for sale.
PAYMENT PLAN
Sands of Time offer a very flexible layaway payment plan for all objects offered for sale on our website.  Here's how it works:
  • Deposit:  A deposit of 15% of the total price is required upon purchase.  
  • Checkout:  Order through our website and select the "layaway" option at checkout.
  • Flexibility:   You are not restricted to a set monthly payment; pay what you wish when you wish, however your balance must be paid within six months of the order date or you risk forfeiture.
  • Title:  Property title remains with Sands of Time Antiquities, Inc. until payment is made in full.
  • Shipment:  Once payment is complete, we will ship your order by the next business day.  

Should you cancel your layaway purchase, a 15% restocking-fee will apply. If you exchange or trade-up the objet purchased while it is on layaway, the restocking fee for the original purchase will not apply.  If you would like to take advantage of our layaway system or would like to discuss an alternative option that better suits your budget, please contact us via e-mail or call 1-202-342-0518. 

You may also like

Recently viewed