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Mezcala Stone Standing Figure - PF.2571
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC
Dimensions: 6.625" (16.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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The people of Ancient Mezcala, a region in the central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, developed a unique art style based on the cult of the votive Celt, a type of axe. 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 Celt, carved in the form of a human figure, their highly stylized and abstract form of rendering results in a powerful image, one that instantly evokes spiritual magnetism and energy. The skilled abstraction of form, which highlights and accentuates only the essence of the object, is reminiscent of Ancient Cycladic art of 4,000 years ago as well as early twentieth-century art, and in fact served as inspiration for early cubist and abstract artists. To hold this extraordinary stone carving today is to reach across time and space and capture the sensory spirit of the ancient culture that created this dynamic work of sculptural art. - (PF.2571)


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