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Mezcala Jade Face Panel - PF.2566
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 100 AD
Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Jade

Location: United States
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The ancient people of Mezcala, a region in the central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, developed a unique and distinctive art style. Although the Mezcala culture probably sprang from the same roots as the ancient Olmec, their relative isolation in the mountain valleys resulted in a stone centered artistic culture, which developed and flourished independent of neighboring influences. As evidenced in this striking jade pendant, carved in the form of a male head, the highly stylized and abstract form of rendering resulted in a powerful image, one that instantly evokes spiritual magnetism and energy. The skilled abstraction of form highlights and accentuates only the essence of the object, a characteristic reminiscent of Ancient Cycladic art of 4000 years ago as well as early twentieth century cubist and abstract art. To behold this extraordinary stone carving is to experience a remarkable work of art whose timeless spirit reaches far into the deep levels of our own modern sensibilities, touching a chord that is at once contemporary and primitive. - (PF.2566)


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