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Item:303296636472Item Type: Olmec Stone Mask Item Description: Olmec stone mask of unknown material and vintage. Large impressive and beautiful. Item Size: 9" Inch/22 CM Tall, Eight Pounds/3.6 Kilos Country or Region : Mexico Item Age: Unknown Provenance: Marcel Gibrat Collection Authentication performed: Visual Inspection: INCONCLUSIVE Tactile Inspection: FAILED, with sharp edges, inconsistent with ancient object Olfactory Inspection: N/A Aural Inspection: N/A Microscopic Inspection: INCONCLUSIVE Chemical Testing: FAILED, patina is made of dirt and/or other materials Certainty of Authenticity: UNLIKELY TO BE AUTHENTIC For more info do a search for "The Marcel Gibrat Collection" including the quote marks. Marcel Gibrat (Pictured working on a Greek Kylyx in the 1970s), my grandfather, was a Restorer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and later owned a Madison Avenue Restoration Studio and Art Gallery one block from the Guggenheim Museum. From the 1960s to 1990s. Marcel was undoubtedly a genius and was, as far as I know, the only Restorer for the Met without a PhD. In fact he had a sixth grade education. He was also a talented painter. I’m Max Lewin the curator of what remains of Marcel’s extensive art collection, comprising ancient, tribal, Asian and European art. I have grown up around art and antiquities my entire life and am a student of history and ancient cultures. I worked with Marcel summers and in college. I have sold over 1000 items from his collection on eBay since 2003 with a 100% positive rating. Satisfaction guaranteed and returns accepted. Marcel began purchasing antiquities, tribal art, Asian art and European art beginning in the early to mid 1960s and many of the pieces in the collection were purchased at this time. He collected, restored, bought and sold high quality items for the better part of three decades, before falling ill and being unable to work in 1992. Marcel was an unquestioned expert in antiquities and all items in the collection from the ancient world are guaranteed to be authentic. Marcel also had a particular affinity for African tribal art, and while dating such items is problematic, he absolutely had impeccable taste. He started buying these items nearly sixty years ago when some of them were no doubt already quite old. He believed some to be from the 19th, 18th or even 17th century, and some of the items deemed important have in fact been sold for high ticket values at auction. Some of his opinions on provenance of tribal items have been challenged. There are also Asian items of various quality, and many fine and genuine items from primitive cultures including relatively contemporary ( a few hundred years old) and both neolithic and upper paleolithic items. Many of the items have archaeological markings.Provenance:Ownership History Available, Material:Stone
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Huge Pre-Columbian Stone Olmec Mask Eight Pounds 9" High