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Lot 61c, Auction 11/21/2017: Mezcala Guerrero Stone Hand Axe Figure

Pre-Columbian, Guerrero Mexico, Mezcala, ca. 300 BCE. This type of item is known as a hand axe (or celt). The neck, legs, and marks on the body were string cut; the face has clearly delineated brow, mouth, and nose. The body was smoothed with sandstone. Stone axe figures are common from this period, representing 15-20% of all artifacts found, and are named for the Rio Mezcala (Balsas) valley. The Mezcala style is known only through stone carving, which is done using strings with the aid of sandstone for abrasion. This particular one is very nice to hold; the stone has a weighty quality that makes it very pleasing to touch. Size: 2.2" W x 6.25" H (5.6 cm x 15.9 cm)

Condition: Near perfect, slight wear to facial features.

Provenance: Ex - Private W. S. collection, Los Angeles, CA

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