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Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala / Chontal, ca. 1000 to 400 BCE. A wondrous standing bird-man figure, hand-carved from a mottled forest-green stone with beige and black inclusions and polished to a reflective sheen. The stylized figure is primarily anthropomorphic, denoted by standing upright upon a pair of delineated and attenuated legs, however bifurcated, winged arms and an almost beak-like face imbue the carving with abstract zoomorphic qualities. A crested nose, simple drilled eyes, a slit mouth, and a rounded head comprise the uncomplicated visage, and the angular brow line terminates at a conical peak. Meticulous string-cut grooves indicating the legs, arms, torso, and mouth infuse this wholly abstruse figure with a relatively-naturalistic presentation. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 1.125" W x 3.25" H (2.9 cm x 8.3 cm); 3.5" H (8.9 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private, Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Harmer Rooke Galleries, New York, New York, USA

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Age-commensurate surface wear, with small nicks to feet and head, and light roughness to base, otherwise intact and near-choice. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and wonderful polishing throughout.

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Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Carving of a Bird Man

Estimate $900 - $1,350May 10, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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