Kunz Axe (Olmec)

Votive Adze “Kunz Axe,” c. 1200-500 B.C.E., jadeite, 31 x 16 x 11 cm, Olmec Formative Period (American Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.)


Key terms and concepts

  • Mesoamerica
  • Olmec culture
  • jade/jadeite or greenstone
  • Gulf Coast of Mexico
  • votive
  • were-jaguar


Additional resources:

Olmec art on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (by Dr. James Doyle)

Smarthistory images for teaching and learning:

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Cite this page as: Dr. Rex Koontz and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Kunz Axe (Olmec)," in Smarthistory, August 9, 2015, accessed December 2, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/kunz-axe-olmec/.