Axe Figure

Axe Figure

100 BC - 300

Serpentine

Overall: 9.5 x 4.5 cm (3 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.189

Description

The Mezcala style takes its name from a river in its homeland, the Guerrero region of western Mexico. The style is known for small-scale sculptures characterized by sleek abstraction and often made of greenstone, one of the most precious materials that Mesoamerican artists worked. Unfortunately, little is known of the sculptures’ meanings and archaeological contexts.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Serpentine

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