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Mezcala Stone Standing Figure - PF.5561
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone

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. - (PF.5561)


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