LARGE AZTEC SACRIFICIAL OBSIDIAN BIFACIAL BLADE WITH SUPREME FLAKING
Classic Period 900 - 1521 A. D.
is a spectacular large Aztec bifacial sacrificial blade made in
obsidian. Blades like these were fitted with handles and used to
remove the still beating hearts from victims offered to the gods.
Only obsidian can retain such a razor sharp edge hence the popularity
with this incredible lithic in Pre-Columbian weapons and tools.
the catch to the price you ask? Well, there is one single break
that is repaired. If not for the repair, this large, supreme
example would be selling for MANY TIMES the price we are offering it
here. For those who always wanted a spectacular Aztec obsidian
sacrificial blade but don't have the substantial funds needed to secure
an authentic intact specimen, this is an excellent chance to make it
happen on a budget. The fracture is barely perceptible and was
caused in ancient times, perhaps even by deliberately breaking the blade
as was often done in that time.
Mineral and sediment deep in flake scars are indicators ONLY found in
AUTHENTIC specimens such as this. Caution must be applied in
acquiring ancient obsidian artifacts because the stone does not patinate
on the surface like other lithic types. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a
gift or for future upgrade if on a budget now.
There is an ALARMING number of fake artifacts on the market. As fine quality intact, original
specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more
sophisticated to fake these artifacts. We have personally handled
numerous extremely well-done fakes
with extremely convincing patinas. The degree to which the
fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work
requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals.
Like all rare collectibles, fakes plague the market. Deal only
with sources that are extremely knowledgeable in forgeries or altered
pieces and get a written guarantee of authenticity that has no
conditions or expiration period. Paleo Direct includes
this guarantee in writing with every item we sell. All purchases should
include from the dealer a written guarantee of authenticity with
unconditional and lifetime return policies regarding such guarantee.
While many ancient
civilizations remain a mystery, little can be left to conjecture when it
comes to the details of the Aztec way of life. An extensive and detailed
collection of written and pictorial records exist for us today called
CODICES (CODEX if singular) were produced before Spanish contact by the
native tribes themselves, and afterwards during the Colonial period.
These codices were created by the Aztecs in pictorial form, as well as
by other indigenous tribal sources, all of which had no written
language. Colonial era codices exist in greater number with roughly 500
separate codices known, showing extensive pictograms as well as being
written in Spanish, Latin and in the original Nahuatl language.
The origin of the Aztec (Azteca) Empire is legendary. Aztec codices
record that they began their wandering journey in 1100 A.D. emerging
from their former homeland called Aztlan or "place of the herons", an
island in a lake where men went out to fish from boats. The exact
location of this region is not known but other than it was northwest of
present-day Mexico City, the former center of the Aztec empire, but how
far, it is a mystery.
The Aztecas believed they were guided by a blood-thirsty deity they
called Huitzilopochtli who communicated to them through four
priest-chieftains called teomama. Their god called upon them for his
insatiable thirst for human blood and sacrifice. As they migrated south,
every indigenous Indian tribe they encountered along the way abhorred
the Azteca, as they were known, as they were reviled and scorned for
their violent and barbaric ways. During their migration, Huitzilopochtli
gave a message to his people that their new identity would no longer be
known as Azteca but as Mexica. In around 1325 A.D., as they were fleeing
an altercation with the Culhuacans, they were driven to a marsh. Their
god Huitzilopochtli consoled them that evening and said he would end
their wandering and told them to look for a sign that he will give them
that will signify their new homeland which will be "the place of the
cactus and the eagle I now name Tenochtitlan". They next day they
witnessed an eagle resting on a prickly pear cactus which they
interpreted to be the sign they were hoping for.
This marsh, Lake Texcoco, would later become a vast canal-laced highly
advanced, super city of stone pyramids and temples known as
Tenochtitlan. With a population that grew to an estimated 200,000 people
(three times the largest city of Spain at the time!) this became the
center of the most powerful and militaristic empire of Mesoamerica -
home of the Aztecs. Today, we classify their reign as occupying the Late
Post Classic Period from 1250 - 1521 A.D.
The success and rise of the Aztec empire was largely attributed to their
dominance through intimidation of their surrounding neighbors from whom
they extracted resources from. The effect of their extreme militarism
and brutality on their enemies brought a large region of peoples into
submission. The highly advanced and complex Aztec social structure, as
well as legal system, kept their growth intact and the society orderly.
They formed an alliance with the Texcoco and Tlacopan tribes and in 1428
A.D., they defeated the Tepaneca. This triple alliance established a
great empire that was predominantly ruled from Tenochtitlan. At its
peak, this empire included a large, diverse group of people and spanned
an area from the entire Central Mexico region south, into northern
RARE UNUSUALLY LARGE EXAMPLE SHOWING SUPERB MASTER FLAKING - OFFERED AT
FRACTION OF THE PRICE DUE TO ONE REPAIR
x 2.2" overall
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX
Actual Item - One Only
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Prehistory of the Americas, 1992
- Freeman and Company, Early Man in America, 1973
- Hirth Kenneth, Obsidian Craft Production in Ancient Central Mexico,
- Muser, Curt, Facts and Artifacts of Ancient Middle America, 1978
- Phillips, Charles, The Complete Illustrated History of the Aztec and
- Pohl, John M.D., Aztec, Mixtec and Zapotec Armies. Oxford: 1991
- Schmal, John P., The History of the Indigenous Sinaloa. 2004
- Stuart, Gene, The Mighty Axtecs, 1981