Ancient Pre-Columbian Guerrero Mezcala Culture Stone Idol Figure 500 -100 B.C.

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Ancient Pre-Columbian Guerrero Mezcala Culture Stone Idol Figure 500 -100 B.C mounted on wood.

Featured item of the day: Ancient Pre-Columbian Mezcala Stone Idol, circa 300 BC.
From the mountainous region of Guerrero in modern-day Mexico, the Mezcala culture is famous for its prolific production of stone sculpture, which includes human figures, animal effigies and architectural models, dating from 500-100 BC. Little is known about this ancient civilisation, other than that it chose to bury its dead with these abstract, esoteric stone carvings, and that it was the only one of the Mesoamerican civilizations to have been so focused on architecture. This featured item was recovered from dedicatory caches in Guerrero, this sculpture of a human figure is a mysterious artistic product of Mezcala culture's obsessive votive Celt cult. Mezcala was a stone-centered culture that is considered as pre-Olmec. The sculptors of this period carved their votive offerings out of hard stones such as andesite and serpentine. This sculpture is carved with a bold simplicity which distinctly defines the face, eyes, and hands. Although ancient, its minimal quality evokes a sense of modern minimal abstraction which heightens the sculpture's artistic quality. Mezcala sculptors were driven by the impact of sheer physical necessity and produced the stone carvings for their obsessive rituals in mass quantity. Though produced in great quantity, the sculptors carved the hard, unyielding stone with absolute sureness and special sculptural sensitivity. Each mark, each indentation is a precious outcome of earnest carving that describe the features of the figure. Remarkable in its unusually large size, physical presence, and abstract features, the sculpture appeals to our senses even today.

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