Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala culture, ca. 500 to 100 BCE. An intriguing example of an anthropomorphic axe god figure, hand-carved from mottled sage-green stone with attractive beige and dark-green inclusions. The figure stands atop fused legs which taper to an acute edge - hence the name "axe god" - and holds wide arms tightly against the cylindrical chest. A grooved neckline is surmounted by an enlarged spherical head, the visage of which boasts recessed ovoid eyes, a broad triangular nose above string-cut lips, and wide cheeks. Size: 2.3" W x 8.375" H (5.8 cm x 21.3 cm); 8.9" H (22.6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection
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