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Standing figure - Mezcala
Standing figure - Mezcala - Ancient Art Style
Ref : 97874
12 000 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
Medium :
Green banded pyroxenite, with brown patina
Dimensions :
l. 2.76 inch X H. 8.03 inch X P. 1.73 inch
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Standing figure - Mezcala

This standing figure, with its minimalist forms and rough appearance, contrasts with his highly stylized and polished Mezcala counterparts, although all are carved with the same intent for simplification and abstraction. Its soberly executed physiognomy is summed up in a pointed head, placed on a body without arms and with two thick and short legs.

The head is leaning towards the right. Its tip evokes either a ritual deformation of the skull, or the presence of a horn, one of the attributes of the shaman. From behind, we observe the top left rough by the sculptor. The sides of the face fall sharply towards the bust. The right side has an irregular relief, while the left side has a soft curve. The eyes are suggested by two shallow cavities lodged in the stone. A more pronounced notch materializes the tip of the nose and the mouth.

The front of square shaped bust is rounded. The small shoulders are not symmetrical; the one on the right is slightly lower than the one on the left. The arms do not appear. They are merged with the body. A groove below the abdomen delimits the torso from the short and broad legs. They rest on abstract and pointed feet. The right leg is larger than the left one.

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