The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 12, 2024

Architectural Model

Architectural Model

100 BCE–300 CE
Overall: 4.9 x 3.2 x 1.1 cm (1 15/16 x 1 1/4 x 7/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Estimated dates for Mezcala sculpture have ranged from 2000 BC to as late as 1454–1521.


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 stone sculptures including architectural “models” characterized by sleek abstraction. Because comparisons to actual architecture in the Mezcala region are scarce, it is not known whether the models refer to temples, houses, or underground funerary structures.
  • ?-1962
    (Frances Pratt, Inc., New York, NY, 1962, sold to James C. and Florence C. Gruener)
    James C. [1903-1990] and Florence C. [1908-1982] Gruener, Cleveland, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art
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