Size: 12" x 16"
|Cast Directly From Original
Exclusive to Echoes In Time
SALE ITEM -BIG SAVINGS- SALE ITEM
Material: Filled Resin, framed and double matted under glass
||Name: CEREMONIAL FLINT
Time: c. AD 550 - 950
Flint knapping is the process of chipping (not drilling, grinding or cutting) flint into tools and ornaments. The Maya of southern Mexico developed knapping to an art form unsurpassed in the world. Even today, knapping experts agree their flint art works are impossible to duplicate. While this piece is an exact copy of an example more simplified than some of the elaborate eccentric flints, it presents an interesting enigma within its design. Since flint can only be chipped or knapped from the outer edges inward, the opening in the center of the flint could only have been created if there was a natural flaw or hole in the material to work out from. Another possibility would be drilling, but this was a very long and difficult task since tools harder than flint were not readily available. This artifact demonstrates the Maya artisan's ability and sense of style and design. It was probably created as a ceremonial ornament that was hafted to the end of a staff that was adorned with kingly regalia.