AVIAN AXE GOD
This axe god is illustrated in three views. The frontal design is strictly avian and human. The topknot headdress and "beak" are strong bird images. The bent arms may indicate a human aspect to the design. The edge view illustrates how most axe gods are drilled, from edge-to-edge, for suspension. The back view is typical of most axe gods. It shows a center septum line marking where sawing stopped from both sides before the two pieces of stone were snapped apart. This axe god is made of jadeite and it measures 3 5/8 inches (9.3 cm) long.