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Pre-Columbian figurines, Mexico, Mezcala, ca. 500-200 BCE adn 250- 650 CE.

Pre-Columbian figurines, Mexico, Mezcala, ca. 500-200 BCE adn 250- 650 CE.

Mezcala / Guerrero Diorite Stone Figure

Mezcala / Guerrero Diorite Stone Figure

Along the region of the Rio Mezcala in the Central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, an ancient culture evolved which created highly expressive and powerful stone ritual objects. Possibly springing from the same roots as the famous Olmec culture, the people of Mezcala imbued Celts, axes used for hafting, with both magical and spiritual symbolism.

Along the region of the Rio Mezcala in the Central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, an ancient culture evolved which created highly expressive and powerful stone ritual objects. Possibly springing from the same roots as the famous Olmec culture, the people of Mezcala imbued Celts, axes used for hafting, with both magical and spiritual symbolism.

Bead Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, 500 B.C. - A.D. 1000 Jewelry and Adornments; beads Stone

Bead Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, 500 B.C. - A.D. 1000 Jewelry and Adornments; beads Stone

Guerrero, the region from which this piece comes, is known for a wide variety of sculptural styles including Mezcala and Chontal. Ancient sculptors usually carved "tecalli," also called "alabaster" or aragonite, a calcium carbonate stone found in caves. As with many Sultepec masks, the large aquiline nose dominates the face when viewed in profile, but the sublte modeleing of the cheeks and browline create a well-proportioned impression when viewed frontally.

Guerrero, the region from which this piece comes, is known for a wide variety of sculptural styles including Mezcala and Chontal. Ancient sculptors usually carved "tecalli," also called "alabaster" or aragonite, a calcium carbonate stone found in caves. As with many Sultepec masks, the large aquiline nose dominates the face when viewed in profile, but the sublte modeleing of the cheeks and browline create a well-proportioned impression when viewed frontally.

Mezcala Large and Impressive Standing Stone Variant, 300 to 100 BC.

Mezcala Large and Impressive Standing Stone Variant, 300 to 100 BC.

Pre-Columbian Mezcala / Chontal Stone Figure

Pre-Columbian Mezcala / Chontal Stone Figure

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