Condition : Good condition
Object sold with a certificate of authenticity.
This sculpture with a beautifully arched profile is carved from a beautiful green, carefully polished, andesite, a rock considered precious because of its color symbolically associated with water, fertility and rebirth. This piece was undoubtedly part of a group of offerings buried under homes or in ceremonial centers, whose function was to pay homage to the ancestors, who thus continued to participate actively in the existence of the living from the beyond.
The top of the head is rough, and the forehead is receding. The two lightly raised eyebrow arches mark the lower part of the forehead. The eyes are not shown, their location is however indicated by two superficial and polished cavities set back from the arches. At the junction of the two flat cheeks, the bridge of the nose is gently outlined. It leads to the mouth identified by a notch and a large flat area going down to the bottom of the chin. The ears are not sculpted, we can guess them through the jump visible at the temples. The straight cheeks extend down to the broad, massive lower jaw.
The head rests on a broad neck, itself resting on a rounded quadrangular torso, almost without shoulders. The arms, integral with the bust, are not identified, only the forearms are represented by two sharp notches at the level of the abdomen, the oblique position of which suggests that they are folded up and converge towards the navel. Finally, the legs are straight, short, and separated from each other by a deep, carefully filed notch.
According to the classification established by the art historian Carlo Gay (1913-1998) which groups the Mezcala sculptures according to morphological and stylistic characteristics, from the oldest and the simplest (M-2), to the most Recent and the most complex (M-26), this piece belongs to type M-10, which represents the “classical” stage of Mezcala sculpture.