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Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Maskettes (4)

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 100 BCE. A fabulous selection of petite maskettes, each carved from mottled sage-green stone with light inclusions. The oblong forms of each mask display string-cut facial features like eye brows and mouths, though the eyes of one mask are string-cut rather than drilled. One mask boasts an incredibly simplified form with only eyes and a mouth; one has a dramatically-crested forehead and a petite mouth; one bears a wide triangular nose and puffy lips; and the last has protruding cheek curves and a pointed brow. The masks each have a biconically-drilled suspension hole along the top edge of the verso. Custom museum-quality display stands included. Size of largest (crested forehead): 1.625" W x 2.2" H (4.1 cm x 5.6 cm); 4" H (10.2 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Each maskette has minor abrasions to obverse faces and peripheries, with light softening to finer details, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: ex-Roberto Austin collection; ex-Claude Cassuto collection, France, acquired before 1969

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