Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, ca. 200 to 600 CE. Finely carved and string cut from beautiful jade of mottled seafoam green hues, an axe god representing two animals – an abstract bird form when viewed on one side and a crocodile when viewed on the other. Birds were understood as sky animals associated with the celestial realm that served as messengers between humankind and their deities. The Crocidilia order comprise of crocodiles, smaller alligators, and yet smaller caymans were treated similarly in Pre- Columbian mythology. The crocodile being the oldest (approximately 55 million years old) was understood as a crocodilian earth monster and is oftentimes shown giving rise to what was known as the World Tree. Partial to a watery habitat, the crocodile is also a metaphor for fertility. Perforated through crocodile’s eyes/birds headdress; laterally perforated through neck for suspension.