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Mezcala Stone Amulet - CK.0024
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 2.125" (5.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian Art
Medium: Stone


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Along the region of the Rio Mezcala in the Central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, an ancient culture evolved which created highly expressive and powerful stone ritual objects. Possibly springing from the same roots as the famous Olmec culture, the people of Mezcala imbued Celts, axes used for hafting, with both magical and spiritual symbolism. The talented Mezcala artists who created these dynamic ritual Celts developed a powerful, expressive style of abstraction remarkably close to that of many modern artists.

This small amulet features a square head surmounting a conical peg. The facial features of the head have been carved in a fashion characteristic of the Mezcala style, with drilled eye holes and a triangular "muzzle" delineating the nose and mouth. The form of the peg suggests that this amulet would have been inserted into or onto something, either as an adornment or for ritual purposes. - (CK.0024)

 

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