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Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. An expressive stone face mask of a fabulous abstract visage with openwork eyes and mouth and a straight protruding nose, probably a funerary or ceremonial mask, finely carved from a mottled russet and green stone. Quite a rare example as according to expert Carlo Gay, relatively few face panels or masks have been recorded compared to the number of carved stone figures. (Carlo Gay, Mezcala Ancient Stone Sculpture from Guerrero Mexico. New York: Balsas Publications, 1992 p. 89) Beautifully rendered with soft facial contours. At the same time, the angularity is similar to Teotihuacan stylings. Perforated at forehead and temples for attachment. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: 5.75" W x 5.5" H (14.6 cm x 14 cm); 7.25" H (18.4 cm)on stand

Net proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit six animal charities in Taos, New Mexico.

Provenance: Ex-private K. Holkza collection via family descent from her sister, acquired in NYC before 1975

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Small chip at top center. Otherwise intact and excellent.

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Pre-Columbian Mezcala Stone Mask, Abstract Visage

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000Jun 02, 2016
Starting Price $800
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