PARROT MACE HEAD
This stone mace was found on a site in northwestern Costa Rica in the Province of Guanacaste. It was made in the form of a bird that is identified as a parrot. Parrots are unique for their ability to talk which is the quality that gives them some symbolic significance. In some cultures they serve as messengers between humans and gods. The parrot is represented in one of the Mayan creation myths as helping Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, to create four new beings to populate the earth. Parrot feathers were also highly prized as some of the most colorful. Some maces are extremely stylized. This example was carved with much of the natural lines of a bird and is easy to identify. This mace is made of good quality hard stone and it measures 3 inches (7.6 cm) high.