Ancient Pre-Columbian Guerrero, Mezcala Large Stone Axe God Figure
Ancient pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican, Guerrero, Mezcala culture, late pre-classic period (c. 500 -100 BC) large anthropomorphic god-axe in the form of a standing idol carved from speckled brownish-gray stone.
The figure is characteristically abstract and minimalist, comprising of a large head, a dome-shaped brow, and a thin and open mouth.
Torso with slightly defined, tapering short legs- hence the name "axe god" since replicates the shape of a traditional chopping tool - an axe.
These figures of a simple and elegant stylized form were used as ceremonial objects - offerings to the gods.
Lucite display stand is not included.
Height: 13.8 cm (5.4 inch)
Width at the widest point: 8 cm (3.2 inches)
Weight: 617 grams (1.4 pounds)
Condition: Old loss in the right leg area, otherwise intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Private Canadian Collection from Toronto.