Mexico, Guerrero Region, ca. 300-100 BCE. The Guerrero region of modern-day southwestern Mexico was the center of the Mezcala and Chontal stone carving traditions. While Mezcala artists are known for their abstract, geometric style, the Chontal sculptors imbued their artworks with more naturalism. Although their stonework stems from the Preclassic period, ca. 300-100 BCE, later Mesoamerican peoples clearly cherished Chontal portable sculptures as heirlooms. Chontal creations have been unearthed in ritual caches at Templo Mayor, the principle temple of the fifteenth-century Aztecs of Tenochititlan (Mexico City). What's more, legendary 20th century modernists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Miguel Covarrubias appreciated the minimalist qualities of Chontal art. Covarrubias went so far as to compare it to the Cycladic style of ancient Greece. This striking mask with its pierced eyes and mouth, pronounced brow ridge, and naturalistically rendered nose and mouth is positively lifelike! Carved from gorgeous green andesite, the mask includes a custom, museum-quality stand. 10"H x 8"W.
Provenance: Ex-Splendors of the World Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
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