Celt with Incised Profile

Date: 10th–4th century B.C.

Geography: Mexico, Mesoamerica

Culture: Olmec

Medium: Jade (jadeite)

Dimensions: H. 14 3/8 x W. 3 1/8 in. (36.5 x 7.9 cm)

Classifications: Stone-Implements, Jade

Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1963

Accession Number: 1978.412.5


A large, finely finished jadeite celt with an engraved profile image of an early Mexican deity was not a working tool but an object of specialized use and sacred signficance.