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Guerrero / Chontal Green Stone Axe God

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala/Chontal, ca. 800 to 400 BCE. Hand-carved and string-cut from an gorgeous pale mottled greenstone, an abstract, stylized standing figure with a characteristically oversized head, undercut neck, slightly projecting nose and mouth, schematically delineated torso with incised lines suggesting attenuated arms and waistline, and separated legs. The Chontal and Mezcala artists created portable sculpture grave offerings. This example presents a blend of the dramatically abstract Mezcala stylings with the relatively more naturalistic features of the Chontal, these most visible in the contours of the facial planes. The beauty of the stone in addition to the elegant delineation of the form make for an impressive piece. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: 2.125" W x 5.125" H (5.4 cm x 13 cm); 5.375" H (13.7 cm) on stand

Condition: Fissure/old loss to right side of face. Repair with a bit of fill to back of head. Small chips to feet. Otherwise excellent.

Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois USA, acquired prior to 1970

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