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Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Amulet - Monkey

Lot 0086A
Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. A petite standing monkey amulet, hand-carved from a pale, mottled greenstone with brown inclusions with abstract legs, a broad torso, recessed arms, and a blocky head with drilled eyes and an incised mouth. A thick tail curls around the animal's posterior, with biconically-drilled suspension holes through both the tail and arms. The recessed detailing on the areas of the neck, legs, tail, and around the eyes was formed through the meticulous string-cutting process, and the entire figure was arduously sanded smooth. A wonderful and playful rendering from the ancient Mezcala! Size: 1" W x 1.25" H (2.5 cm x 3.2 cm).

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, some areas of light-brown staining, and fading to some carved details, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and some small mineral deposits.

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Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Amulet - Monkey

Estimate $400 - $600Jul 19, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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