Description: Here we have a nice Pre-Columbian Mayan obsidian spear and blade collection from the Pre-Classic period. The collection consists of 5 pieces: a spear point, bifacial blade, arrowhead, drill (tip missing), and a crescent shaped piece, probably an ear ornament.
Background: The Maya are probably the best-known of the classical civilizations of Mesoamerica. Originating in the Yucatan around 2600 B.C., they rose to prominence around AD 250 in present-day southern Mexico, Guatemala, northern Belize and western Honduras. Building on the inheritedinventions and ideas of earlier civilizations such as the Olmec, the Maya developed astronomy, calendrical systems and hieroglyphic writing. The Maya were noted as well for elaborate and highly decorated ceremonial architecture, including temple-pyramids, palaces and observatories, all built without metal tools.
“They came together in darkness to think and reflect. This is how they came to decide on the right material for the creation of man… Then our Makers Tepew and Kukulkan began discussing the creation of our first mother and father. Their flesh was made of white and yellow corn. The arms and legs of the four men were made of corn meal.”
Translated from The Sacred Book of the Maya – Popol Vuh
- Culture: Maya
- Period: Pre-Classic 1200 – 500 B.C.
- Dimensions: Spear Point: Approx. 8.5 inches (216 mm)
- Estimated Value: $500 – $750
Guaranteed Authentic. Retired antiquities dealer selling off old stock. Buyer to pay shipping & handling.