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Mezcala Stone Standing Figure - PF.2765
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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To see it is to sense the beauty of the era, but to touch such a carving enables one to grasp the mystery and intrigue characterizing the formative period of Meso-American history. Developed during the third and second Millennia B.C., the Mezcala culture took the axe stone and applied a sense of artistry and resourcefulness, which created this lovely piece, used for ceremonial purposes. The results are truly breathtaking. Altering our traditional perception, Mezcala carvings offer an abstract versus a naturalistic interpretation of form. With its chiseled lines and powerful, contemplative shape, this particular figure embraces an aura of dignity. The stone is cold to the touch, possibly exuding the energy of the ancient priests who once might have used this symbolic axe. But, the ancient carving soon warms to the lover of innovation and blunt originality. Its commanding presence is heeding the respect of its modern day beholders. From a people developing such an amazingly artistic culture with the simplest of means, respect seems most appropriate. - (PF.2765)


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