Pre-Columbian Art :
Mezcala Art : Mezcala Stone Standing Figure
Mezcala Stone Standing Figure - PF.5561
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
6.25" (15.9cm) high
Location: United States
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Like a miniature Easter Island idol, this statue
stands with open legs, folded arms, and a
dominant protruding forehead. This statue is a
symbol for the most universal human instincts.
The drives of survival, of procreation, of making
sense out of the unknown. Often, these most
inherent instincts are also the most complex.
The shape of the figure echoes the form of the
phallus. At the same time this celt might have
been used as a pestle to grind wheat or corn.
Thus, as the women of the tribe prepared the
meals, they were utilizing the symbol of male
fertility., associating the ideas of nourishment
and procreation. Simultaneously, this statue also
invokes the gods. Religion exists at the edges of
human understanding. God is the answer we
create for the incomprehensible. As ancient man
assessed his place in the world, he was
vulnerable to the unknown forces of nature and
disease. God exists to calm our fears and give
us the sense of control over that which is
uncontrollable. A statue like this one is a link
with the past, yet it is also a reminder of what
makes us all human. A symbol for the
destructive forces that work against us and the
energies that bring us together.