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Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Nine-Pointed Star Eccentric Flint

A.D. 600–900

Chipped flint

24 cm (9 7/16 in.)
Gift of the Olsen Foundation
1958.15.18.n
Geography: 
Made in Belize
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Belize, Maya
Period: 
Late Classic Period
Classification: 
Arms and Armor
Provenance: 

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

Bibliography: 

Edward H. Thompson, “The High Priest’s Grave, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico,” Anthropological Series, Field Museum of Natural History 27, no. 412 (1938).

Edwin Shook and Alfred V. Kidder, Mound E-III-3, Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala (Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1952).

William R. Coe, Piedras Negras Archaeology: Artifacts, Caches, and Burials (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1959).

David M. Pendergast, Excavations at Altun Ha, Belize, 1964–70 (Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1982).

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 128, 287, no. 277, fig. 141.

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.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.