Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Eccentric Flint

A.D. 600–900

Eccentric serrate chipped flint in crescent shape

21.3 cm (8 3/8 in.)
other: 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in.)
Gift of the Olsen Foundation
Belize, Maya
Late Classic Period
Arms and Armor

Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1958 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Harry F. Shafer and Thomas R. Hester, Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia, eds. Susan T. Evans and Daniel L. Webster (New York: Garland Publishing, 2001), 135–137.

Jack D. Eaton, Fred Valdez, and Thomas R. Hester, Continuing Archaeology at Colha, Belize: Notes on Eccentric Lithics from Colha and Northern Belize (Austin, Tex.: Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, 1994), 257–266, For all other flints in this collection (1958.15.18.b-.t).

David M. Pendergast, Excavations at Altun Ha, Belize, 1964–70 (Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1982), For all flints in this collection (1958.15.18.b-t).

William R. Coe, Piedras Negras Archaeology: Artifacts, Caches, and Burials (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1959), for all flints in this collection (1958.15.18.b-.t).

Edwin Shook and Alfred V. Kidder, Mound E-III-3, Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala (Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1952), for all flints in this collection (1958.15.18.b-.t).

Edward H. Thompson, “The High Priest’s Grave, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico,” Anthropological Series, Field Museum of Natural History 27, no. 412 (1938): for all flints in this collection (1958.15.18.b-.t).

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 133, 281, no. 294, fig. 135.

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