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Mezcala Stone Standing Figure - PF.5558
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mezcala
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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This statue exudes a power. A power of the ages, of witnessing the passage of seasons and civilizations. This splendid sculpture, created by man in the image of a deity, has transcended the fate of mankind, becoming as immortal as the gods. In ancient times, the forces of nature were attributed to the whims of the gods. For health and harvest, the gods must be gratified by worship and sacrifice. This work is a symbol of a deity, merging the necessities of nourishment and procreation together. Like a miniature Easter Island idol, this stone figure stands with open legs, folded arms, and protruding jaw and forehead. The actual contours of the statue echo the form of a phallus. Most likely, this statue would have been used as a pestle to grind up corn or wheat. Thus as the women of the tribe prepared the food, they would have held in their hands the symbol of male fertility, linking the immediate survival of the community through food with the procreation of the species through copulation. All at the same time invoking the favors of the gods. Thus, this statue continues to emanate the same energy it did in the past. While in our modern age we tend to think of ancient civilizations as primitive, we would not be here today if it was not for the energy that brings man and woman together. - (PF.5558)


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