Mezcala Stone Standing Figure - PF.2636,Origin: Guerrero, Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC,Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Mezcala,Medium: Stone. Along the region of the Rio Mezcala in the central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, an ancient culture evolved which created highly expressive and powerful stone ritual objects such as this stunning anthropomorphic axe. Possibly springing from the same roots as the famous Olmec culture, the people of Mezcala imbued these Celts, axes used for hafting, with both magical and spiritual Celts developed a powerful, expressive style of abstraction remarkably close to that of many modern artists. In stone carvings such as this, a few deftly chiseled lines and shapes produce an abstracted human figure that clearly expresses all the powerful and essential elements of its being. Here we experience a figure whose haunting face stares at us through widely exaggerated eyes filled with a spirited intensity. Although the Ancient Mezcala still remains an enigmatic mystery, they nevertheless reach out and touch us, through these extraordinary works of sculptural art.
Ancient Central America & Mexico