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Pre-Columbian STONE MASK CHONTAL GUERRERO MEXICO EX: SOTHEBY'S 1977

$995.00 or Best Offer 20d, $50.00 Shipping, 30-Day Returns

Seller: rodrogrs (758) 100%, Location: New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122239283421 Here is a fine variegated green stone pectoral mask carved in the form of a human face with concave features, stylized ears and a broad nose. The top is bi-conically perforated at two points for attachment and/or suspension. This remarkable artifact is 2.25” (5.6 cm) high x 2.75” (7 cm) wide x 1.5” (4 cm) deep unmounted, and the attractive custom base is included. There are traces of red pigment throughout the face and insignificant spalling; however, without repairs or restoration, this impressive antiquity is in very good overall condition. The archaeology of this region on the Pacific coast south of Mexico is poorly known, although large numbers of finely crafted objects of several distinct styles or cultures have been found there. Small Olmec style carvings in jade and serpentine are abundant, and some scholars- especially Miguel Covarrubias -have suggested that this may be the center of Olmec origins. The dating of the Mezcala and of the Chontal-style objects has never been clearly determined because little archaeological research has been done in the region. Polished Stone Pectoral MaskChontal, Guerrero, Mexico500 - 100 B.C.E. Acquired by the seller in 1977 at Sotheby Parke-Bernet New York City Galleries. Comparables: Christies New York sale #1537, lot 42, sold for $7,170. Gay, Carlo T.E. “Mezcala Stone Sculpture: The Human Figure,” Museum of Primitive Art, NY, 1967, p.34, fig. 45. $50 shipping, Delivery Confirmation tracking service and insurance within continental U.S.A. NY residents add 8.63% sales tax. Please use PayPal for immediate shipment or contact seller for alternate arrangements. Payment is expected within two days of auction’s end. Overseas buyer adds $90 shipping. Customs and/or other importation costs are the sole responsibility of the buyer;please inquire before placing your bid. Bidders with fewer than ten (or private) "feedback" listings must contact seller before bidding and verify ID or bid may be declined. If not to U.S. buyer’s satisfaction, this artwork may be returned as shipped within thirty days of purchase for a purchase price refund minus a 10% re-stocking fee for return of item in original condition and with original shipping materials; buyer pays return shipping and insurance. This seller has been a conscientious collector and dedicated scholar of New World antiquities for over a half-century. He has complied with UNESCO, federal/local legislation and never consciously acquired, traded in or sold illicitly recovered antiquities. GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY The authenticity of this artifact is fully guaranteed by the seller, scholar and longtime Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers (retired), certified Specialist in Pre-Columbian Art. Your artifact will be carefully packed and promptly shipped with a signed and registered Certificate of Authenticity. CAVEAT EMPTOR: The prospective buyer is advised to acquire New World antiquities ONLY from recognized Pre-Columbian Art specialists and pay a legitimate price for authentic antiquities with legal provenance and bona-fide guarantees of authenticity; a “Certificate of Authenticity” is only as valid as the issuer’s credentials and expertise. Unrealistically low prices for forgeries, reproductions, pastiches, illegal or mis-attributed artifacts offered by uninformed or venal vendors are ultimately neither true "bargains" nor prudent fiscal investments. All rights reserved for all countries. No part of the contents of this page may be reproduced without prior written permission of the seller. Copyright © Rod Rogers, 2016. Material: Stone

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