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Lot 88, Auction 1/18/2018: Large Guerrero Mezcala / Chontal Green Stone Figure

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala / Chontal, ca. 800 to 400 BCE. Hand-carved, string-cut, and pecked from an gorgeous grey stone with white and russet inclusions, an abstract, stylized standing figure with a characteristically oversized head, deeply undercut neck, projecting lower jaw, rotund torso (with a delineated belly button), and incised lines suggesting attenuated limbs. The figure's visage is quite expressive with its pecked round eyes, straight nose, and open mouth. 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: 4.125" W x 8.125" H (10.5 cm x 20.6 cm); 9.25" H (23.5 cm) on stand

Condition: Surface abrasions and old tiny loss to back of right leg. Nice pecking marks visible on top of head and eyes.

Provenance: Ex-Nayberg collection acquired in the 1970's

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