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ARTEMIS GALLERY Rare Chontal Guerrero Stone Mask

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Seller: artemisgallery (681) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381845108721 Rare Chontal Guerrero Stone Mask Pre-Columbian, Guerrero, Mexico, Chontal style, ca. 300 BCE. This is a green-brown stone mask with abstract, geometric facial features; the eyes are in the classic Chontal "coffee-bean" style and the nose and eyebrows are high ridges; they taper to a small mouth. This stone miniature mask, like many from this region, has its shape somewhat defined by the size of cobble that the artist found to create it. The top has a drilled hole for suspension. Sculptures like this one play with planes and depressions to create the impression of a face. These are created by drilling and sandstone abrasion to smooth the surface. We do not know what these heads represented, but because they are found in tombs, many researchers believe that they have something to do with the dead: their spirits, or a type of death mask. Gay and Pratt also suggest that they may have something to do with the Mezcala lunar religion -- perhaps they helped provide safe passage to the netherworld, which seems to have been located on the Moon. All proceeds from this item will go towards the benefit of 6 animal charities in Taos, NM. Size: 3.6" W x 3.25" H (9.1 cm x 8.3 cm) #113963 Condition: Expected wear, but features are very clear. Provenance: Ex - Private K. Holkza collection via family descent from her sister, acquired in NYC before 1975 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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