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Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Maskette

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. A large face maskette of a solid composition, hand-carved from a mottled light green stone with beige and dark-green inclusions. The face is defined by recessed eyes, a bulbous, crooked nose with flared nostrils, full lips which are slightly parted in the middle, finely-contoured cheeks, tall ears with thick lobes, and a rounded chin. The wide forehead traces upwards to a flat top portion with a small drilled perforation which suggests this may have been used as an amulet. Size: 3.375" W x 3.375" H (8.6 cm x 8.6 cm).

Condition: Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small loss to top of head, with fading to some finer carved details, and light roughness across verso. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory labels on verso.

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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