Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala culture, ca. 500 to 100 BCE. An intriguing example of an anthropomorphic axe god figure, hand-carved from mottled sage-green stone with attractive beige and dark-green inclusions. The figure stands atop fused legs which taper to an acute edge - hence the name "axe god" - and holds wide arms tightly against the cylindrical chest. A grooved neckline is surmounted by an enlarged spherical head, the visage of which boasts recessed ovoid eyes, a broad triangular nose above string-cut lips, and wide cheeks. Size: 2.3" W x 8.375" H (5.8 cm x 21.3 cm); 8.9" H (22.6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection
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Old losses to areas of feet as well as top and back of head. Minor abrasions and nicks to limbs, body, and head, with softening to some finer details. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label on one leg.