For your consideration is this ancient basalt sculpture. Of a kneeling woman with hands resting on her knees. Her eyes are rounded and her other facial features are surprisingly representational; a broad nose, full lips. Waist-length hair parted in the center and covered with a headband. She is adorned with small, circular ear-ornaments. And two horizontal incised lines to indicate a sash or belt. The naso-labial fold represented as a narrow groove running. From both sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth indicates maturity. Skillfully yet minimally carved, t. Impressive sculpture possesses the essential feminine elements without. The epitome of a demure Aztec everywoman. Intimidating and often terrifying mythological images were strategically sited in shrines, temples and other sacred locations. But away from religious centers, anthropomorphic images were often represented as non-threatening, benign and naturalistic. Humans, as in this notable example. Not all Aztec figures were religious or mythological; human figures were also often created free of deity emblems. Purely secular images were intended instead to represent the collective ideal rather than any particular person. 13 (33cm) tall x 7.5 (19cm) wide x 7 (17.7cm) weight: 29.5 lbs. Several basal fragments were lost in antiquity and not discernible in front view; without cracks, repairs or restoration. His figure is in. Post-Classic Period, 1325 C. 1978 at the Phillips Gallery in New York City. Comparable: “An Aztec Stone Figure” Sotheby’s, New York May 15, 2003, lot 265. Of the American Society of Appraisers (retired), certified Pre-Columbian Art Specialist. Certificate of Authenticity that includes a description, photo, dimension, cultural provenance and chronology. If not to U. With UNESCO, federal/local legislation. And pay a legitimate Fair Market price for authentic antiquities with legal provenance and bona-fide guarantees of authenticity. A Certificate of Authenticity is only as valid as the issuers credentials and expertise. Unrealistically low prices for forgeries. Reproductions, illegal or mis-attributed artifacts offered by uninformed or venal vendors are ultimately neither. True “bargains” nor prudent investments. The item “Pre-Columbian AZTEC STONE FEMALE SCULPTURE withCOA” is in sale since Sunday, April 7, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Antiquities\The Americas”. The seller is “rodrogrs” and is located in Merrick, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Material: Stone
- Provenance: Phillips Gallery, NYC 10/30/1978