Mezcala Greenstone Standing Figure - PF.4981
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 6.875" (17.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mezcala
Medium: Greenstone


Only a few types of archaeological artifacts remain as witness to the Mezcala culture; including standing figures, funerary masks, and miniature stone temples. All three point to a developed religion, which utilized artists to give visual expression to belief. This very fine male figure stands in a rigid pose with his long arms absolutely vertical, and his hands placed precisely over his lower abdomen. His deep set eyes show considerable expression; as does the simple but effective horizontal groove of the mouth. Angularity and high abstraction are characteristic features of Mezcala statues, though this particular one bears more 'realistic' elements than many. The prong shaped legs suggest the statue was made to be inserted into the ground, perhaps as part of a group of figures in a ceremonial setting. There is something serious about this figure; and at the same time very affectionate in the way he looks at us with wonder and innocence. - (PF.4981)



Home | About Us | Exhibits | Contact Us | Services | Publications | Search | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Security

Fayez Barakat, Art From Ancient Lands, Barakat Publications, Ancient Jalisco Art, Ancient Colima Art, Ancient Nayarit Art, Art of Ancient Africa, Roman Oil Lamps,
Roman Coin Jewelry, African Masks, Sand Core Glass, Egyptian Scarabs, Classical Antiquities, Pre-Columbian Jade, Pre-Columbian Gold
Animals on Coins, Emperor Maurice Tiberius, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Islamic Gold Coins, Athenian Tetradrachms
Emperor Constantine 1 the Great, Emperor Antoninus Pius, Emperor Commodus, Ancient Jewish Coins, Bactrian Coins, Emperor Justinian,
Emperor Elagabalus, Alexander the Great Tetradrachms, Egyptian Antiquities, Biblical Antiquities, Classical Antiquities, Near Eastern Art,
Byzantine Art,Pre-Columbian Art, African & Tribal Art, Asian Art, Chinese Art, Russian Icons, Coin Jewelry, Greek Coins, Roman Coins, Byzantine Coins

405 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90210 | Phone:310.859.8408 | Fax 310.276.1346
58 Brook Street, London W1K 5DT, UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 493.7778 | Fax: +44 (0) 207 493.9593
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Email Barakat Gallery | Contact Web Master/Designer