Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Guerrero region, Guerrero Chontal, Late Preclassic Period, ca. 300 to 100 BCE. A finely-sculpted maskette with a smooth, convex verso, hand-carved from a mottled greenstone with beige inclusions. The stylized visage presents with pouty lips, a slightly-crooked nose with drilled nostrils, rounded cheeks, thin bar-shaped ears, recessed eyes beneath heavy brows, and a smooth forehead with an incised upper groove. The Guerrero region of modern-day southwestern Mexico was the center of the Chontal stone carving tradition. Chontal sculptors imbued their artworks with a greater sense of naturalism than to their Mezcala counterparts, though they still adhered to a minimalist aesthetic when creating anthropomorphic pieces. A fine example of the Chontal sculpting tradition! Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 2.3" W x 2.5" H (5.8 cm x 6.4 cm); 4.5" H (11.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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