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Pre-Columbian Art / Mezcala Stone Standing Female Figure - PF.2331
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 500 BC to 400 AD
Dimensions: 9.5" (24.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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The ancient art of the people of Mezcala, a region in the central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, springs primarily from a profound mythical involvement with the magic meaning of stone axes. These Celts, axes used for hafting, were exquisitely carved into highly stylized human figures such as this spirited female. The original function of the Celt can still be seen in the relatively rough surface on the top of the figure's head, which looks as if it were made to be the receiving end of a chisel. However, the ceremonial aspects of the Celt are evidenced in the powerful portrayal of the female figure itself. Here, the essential elements of her powerful being are focused upon through the use of a few deftly carved lines and shapes, much like the abstract artists of the twentieth-century. The curvature of her breasts and distended stomach with arms poised protectively across the belly, highlight the fertile qualities of this dynamic votive figure. Aside from uniqueness of artistic skill, this figure is quite rare due to the fact that the majority of carved Mezcala images are of males, not females. In her unique and spirited way, she reaches across time and space, allowing those who gaze upon her to see and feel her timeless aesthetic beauty and spiritual power. - (PF.2331)

 

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