Veracruz Stone Hacha,
Late Classic, ca. A.D. 550 - 950
height 10 1/4in (28cm)
finely carved in coarse dark-gray stone, possibly basalt, depicting a jaguar skull with open mouth, transformed with a bird's beak, a element flowing out of the mouth, possibly representing life force.
Private Collection, New York, acquired in the 1960s