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The Kunz axe. Image (heizer_1311) in the National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History

The Kunz axe. Image (heizer_1311) in the National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History

George Kunz, 1889

George Kunz published an article on a jade axe of unknown origin in 1889. The ceremonial jade axe portraying what Stirling called a were-jaguar is now commonly associated with the Olmec culture. Known as the Kunz axe, it is in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History.

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