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Pre-Columbian, southern Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala culture, ca. 500 to 100 BCE. A fine example of an abstract standing axe god figure, hand-carved from mottled grey-green stone, of a stout form standing atop nubbin-shaped feet. Lengthy string-cut grooves create the delineations between the legs, arms, and neck, and the rounded body features smooth surface textures. The broad head has deep eye grooves, puffy cheeks, a wide mouth, and a tapered forehead, and red-painted decorative spots adorn both sides of this intriguing anthropomorphic figure. Size: 3.7" W x 6.8" H (9.4 cm x 17.3 cm)

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection, acquired via descent from father, collection amassed between the 1950s and 1990s

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Minor nicks to both feet, back of one hand, and peripheries, with fading to original red spots, and minor softening to some string-cut grooves, otherwise intact and very good. Nice traces of original pigment and smooth surface texture throughout.
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Large Guerrero Mezcala Stone Axe God w/ Red Spots

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Jan 30, 2020
Starting Price $600
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