Olmec Celtiform Ax

Translation Fundraiser

Our vision: Free history education for everyone in the world, in every language. That's a lofty goal indeed, but that won't stop us from working towards it. To get there we need to translate... a lot! Please donate today and help us make a truly global impact. Thank you very much!
$1478 / $3000

Illustration

Ibolya Horvath
by Metropolitan Museum of Art
published on 16 April 2018
Send to Google Classroom:

Jadeite celt, 10-4th century BCE, Mexico, Mesoamerica
Metropolitan Museum of Art

About 1000 BCE, celts-elongated, elliptical ground stone tools-would acquire meaning beyond their workaday function. When made of greenstones such as the hard, polishable jadeite, celts symbolized ears of maize. The profile image incised on the upper portion of this celt is that of the Olmec maize god, identifiable by the tall tripartite element emerging from the cleft in his headdress.

Remove Ads

Advertisement

Cite This Work

APA Style

Art, M. M. o. (2018, April 16). Olmec Celtiform Ax. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8622/olmec-celtiform-ax/

Chicago Style

Art, Metropolitan Museum of. "Olmec Celtiform Ax." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 16, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8622/olmec-celtiform-ax/.

MLA Style

Art, Metropolitan Museum of. "Olmec Celtiform Ax." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 16 Apr 2018. Web. 04 Dec 2021.

Membership