A Taino speckled greenstone polished petaloid axehead

A Taino speckled greenstone polished petaloid axehead

Code: 2738


Description: A speckled greenstone polished petaloid axehead, a few chips to the cutting edge and a couple of shallow body chips but a nice symmetrical example with attractive stone, from Jamaica.

Size: 178 mm/7 ins. in length

Culture: Caribbean, Taino

Date: c. 7th-15th Century A.D.

Provenance: Ex F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey, with his collection label.

Background: Fred Sydney Clark (1923-2016) ran the Old Curiosity Shoppe, The Quadrant, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, in the 1970’s-1980’s selling a range of collectables. A passionate collector and field-walker, he built up a fine collection of antiquities, notable for British prehistoric items, a significant number of which he obtained through trade with Dr. H.A. Fawcett. Like Fawcett, he was meticulous in documenting his collection, even the most humble tools were catalogued and fully labelled with locality, accession number and his characteristic monogram.