INTACT AND COMPLETE PRE-COLUMBIAN MEZCALA STONE FIGURE IN BEAUTIFUL
LIGHT GREEN HARD STONE
Culture - Guerrero, Mexico
700 B.C. -
human stone figures from Mezcala consistently bring five figure
realized prices in major auctions around the globe. The
cycladic art style of these RARE and highly sought after Pre-Columbian
objects is unrivaled in Mesoamerican ancient art. Mezcala carved
stone figures are so desirable and mysterious that even the later
Pre-Columbian tribes of the region such as the inhabitants of
Teotihuacan and the Aztecs, went to the trouble of digging them up and
interring them into their own temples! The abstract artistic
nature of these objects is so unusual and unique that immediately by
sight alone, they are recognizable for their culture and region of
Presented here is one of the
more refined standing forms, classified as Type M-20 of the different
defined typologies. It was fashioned out of a beautiful mint green
diorite. The ground and pecked body and face features are well
executed and intact. Many of these have broken or damaged legs but
this rare example has
survived COMPLETE and is
ORIGINAL WITH NO REPAIR OR RESTORATION.
Carved stone Pre-Columbian objects are exceedingly more rare than
ceramics due to the time and work involved in creating them compared to
much easier manufactured ceramic pieces.
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Pre-Columbian Mezcala Culture is a little understood culture that was
based in present-day Guerrero, Mexico. A long, complex culture
history of the Guerrero region prevents a finite understanding of who
exactly made Mezcala objects. The culture is also called Balsas
Culture because it is centered in the upper Balsas River drainage
region. It is believed the Mezcala style emerged during the
Pre-classic Period, between 700-200 B.C. and continued on into
Classic Period to 650 A.D..
attributed to the the Mezcala Culture include figurines, masks, small
effigies of animals and objects, beads, pendants and earplug flares.
They are carved from a variety of green, gray-green, gray and black
color hardstones and jade. The art style is so unique that
Mezcala objects are readily recognized for their abstract and
minimalist anatomical features. Some Mezcala style stone objects
show strong Olmec influence. Beautiful stylized masks from
Guerrero exhibit Teotihuacan Classic Period influence. Mezcala
style objects were excavated by the much later Aztec peoples and revered
as sacred objects.
Mezcala style stone carved figurines have a basic petaloid axe form and
are sometimes casually labeled "axe gods". Symmetrically arranged
cuts in the stone are arranged to resemble facial and body features.
Scarcer objects depict human forms in seated or crouching positions.
Carved stone masks are found in more diverse forms from abstract to
beautifully stylized renderings. Clay figures and pottery are also
known but the culture is most famous for its unique carved stone
There is an ALARMING number of fake ancient
artifacts on the market. As fine quality intact, original
specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more
sophisticated to fake these artifacts. We have personally handled
numerous extremely well-done fakes
with extremely convincing patinas. The degree to which the
fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work
requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals.
Like all rare collectibles, fakes plague the market. Deal only
with sources that are extremely knowledgeable in forgeries or altered
pieces and get a written guarantee of authenticity that has no
conditions or expiration period. Paleo Direct includes
this guarantee in writing with every item we sell. All purchases should
include from the dealer a written guarantee of authenticity with
unconditional and lifetime return policies regarding such guarantee.
MEZCALA CARVED STONE FIGURES CONSISTENTLY FETCH 5 FIGURE PRICES IN MAJOR
AUCTIONS DUE TO THEIR RARITY OF FORM AND ARTISTIC VALUE. EVEN
SUBSEQUENT ANCIENT PRE-COLUMBIAN CULTURES OF THE REGION VALUED THESE
OBJECTS, TO THE POINT OF EXCAVATING THEM AND INTERRING THEM IN THEIR OWN
LATER PERIOD TEMPLES!!!
COMPLETE, UNBROKEN AND IN ITS ORIGINAL STATE
5.2" high x 2.25" wide
INCLUDES CUSTOM STAND
Actual Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet.