Obsidian pins for blood sacrifice
Mexico, Teotihuacan, obsidian, 100 - 700 A.D. These pins were used by priests to tap blood from body parts of themselves or from victims. The blood was then burnt in a religious ceremony as a gift to the gods.
Provenance: private collection The Netherlands, collected before 1984.
Top: height 22.4 cm. / 8.82 inch.
Middle: height 15.8 cm. / 6.22 inch.
Bottom: height 19.2 cm. / 7.56 inch.