A Mexican obsidian eccentric blade, possibly Mayan or Aztec

A Mexican obsidian eccentric blade, possibly Mayan or Aztec

Code: 2504


Description: A bifacially flaked obsidian blade of eccentric form with prominent points at each end together with a central point, all on the same side. Complete and in good condition.

Size: 97 mm/3.8 ins. in length

Culture: Mexican, possibly Mayan or Aztec

Date: c. 300 to 1500 A.D.

Provenance: Ex Dr H.A. Fawcett Collection, and with his collectors mark.

Background: Dr Hugh Alderson Fawcett (1891-1982) built up an important collection of ancient implements, weapons and ornaments that eventually numbered some eight thousand items. The bulk of this collection is now in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, but Fawcett previously sold or traded many pieces in order to improve his collection. His distinctive monogram and careful recording of provenance makes his pieces readily identifiable.

The function of Mesoamerican eccentric blades is obscure, but they may have had a ritual or symbolic significance. They may have been used to ornament shields or garments.