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Item:163812716291Pre Columbian, Stone, Teotihuacan Maskette, 16 grams, 2 1/4 inches in height, 1 7/8 inches in width, 1/2 inch in depth. Stone mask with no repairs, or chips, the visible cracks are stable, there is no chance the mask is going to break in half, etc. All photos are of the subject artifact unless advised, and all photos were taken by the seller using a Canon digital camera, and an AmScope 3.5 x -180 x Trinocular Stereo Microscope, with a mounted microscope digital camera, two types of lighting and Barlow lenses (a photograph of the magnifying equipment I use is posted on my store page). Photos 1 thru 4 were taken with the Canon camera, they depict the mask in various positions, photos 5 thru 12 were shot with the AmScope. On the 12th of February 2019, I had another look at the Teotihuacan mask with my microscope, this time I used my new lighting system which allowed me to back and side light the piece. I was very surprised to find and image the deposits in the suspension holes (images 11 and 12), prior to the 12th I did not see anything in the holes, I also found what looks like deposits in one of the very small cracks in the face (image 10), and what looks like a surface deposit (image 9). USPS/Canada Post Tracked Service, I pack everything with extreme care using the best shipping/packing materials money can buy. I recently started studying stone carving methods (specifically hole drilling) by the ancient Pre Columbian lapidaries, previous information I had was absolutely wrong. Six or seven months ago I believed this piece was a fake/replica, it seems the more I study the mask (and learn about stone carving techniques) the more my opinion is changing. I am currently researching West Mexican art and culture, when I conclude that activity I will specifically research the tools the ancients used and what mark(s) could potentially be left behind. Thanks for your interest in my collection.Material:stone, Provenance:from my collection
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Pre Columbian, Stone, Teotihuacan Maskette, Early Late Classic 300 900 AD