The Pre-Columbian Maya were excellent craftsmen, capable of producing exquisite pieces like this eccentric piece of chert. Some obsidian and chert tools were used as knives, spear points, etc. this object had no direct utilitarian purpose.
Scepter with Profile Figures. Maya, 7th–8th century. Medium: Flint. H. 13 5/8 x W. 7 1/2 x D. 5/8 in. (34.6 x 19.1 x 1.6 cm). Guatemala, Mesoamerica. Maya artists skillfully chipped flint, a fragile and challenging medium, into imaginative multifigure and geometric shapes. The worked flints are frequently found as offerings in Maya tombs. This eccentric flint depicts, in profile, two figures wearing headdresses. Rockefeller Gift, 1967. -The Metropolitan Museum-
Five Maya eccentric flints, Late Classic, ca. including two of the stylized God K with distinctive headdress, two of anthropomorphic form with tapered heads and short arms and one of crescentic form, all in mottled chert.