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Mezcala Stone Standing Female Figure - PF.4980
Origin: Guerrero, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 500 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mezcala
Medium: Stone

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Standing stone figures of males and females are virtually all that remains from the enigmatic people of Ancient Mezcala. It is known, however, that female figures are rare, which makes this one particularly special. The stark abstraction of the carving is based upon angular lines ending in sharp points. The arms are absolutely vertical and very long, especially in comparison to the short legs. Small breasts placed in perfect proportion to the area of the chest, add a beautifully rounded touch. The head is quite large and very powerful; particularly the overhanging brows, sharp nose and chin which combine to create a marvelous effect of shadow in different angles of light. Though similar to 'Axe-Gods' of Costa Rica, this statue also possesses the monumental character of the great standing figures of Tula. We can see in it something larger than life, towering above its actual size, standing for the gods the people of Mezcala revered. - (PF.4980)

 

 

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