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
All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.