Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A superb Mezcala greenstone anthropomorphic figure, carved and string-cut from an inherently beautiful speckled dark green stone. While ancient, this piece appeals to the modern eye for its minimalist aesthetic, employing elegant lines via the string-saw technique to differentiate limbs and facial features. So elegant! Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: 3.375" H (8.6 cm); 3.625" H (9.2 cm) on stand
Stylistically, this piece seems to be of the M-6 variety, distinguished from the two preceding types by four traits as delineated by expert Carlo Gay, "In general, the face is broader and flatter; the sloping cheek planes meet at the center to form a vertical ridge suggesting a nose; the temporal-parietal area is flatter; and the forearms are innovatively indicated by two diagonally grooves slanted upward to the center of the abdomen." (Carlo Gay and Frances Pratt, "Mezcala: Ancient Stone Sculpture from Guerrero Mexico," Switzerland and New York: Balsas Publications, 1992, p. 47.)
Provenance: Ex-Private Smith collection, Atlanta, Ga
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