|Pre-Maya, ca. 800 to 400 B.C.|
Carved gray-green standing stone celt form figure, with straight legs and arms held closely to the body. Face bears very deeply cut eyes, wide nose and thick, parted lips with drilled corners. This piece has similarities with examples found at Las Bocas and La Banca. It is well sculpted with pouty mouth which its iconography suggest is that of the were-jaguar, the mythological being with supernatural powers.
The ground stone celt was a big part of early formative ideology especially relating to agriculture productivity and as burial offerings. The color green was also symbolic for the earth and fertility and as it related to the axis mundi or the center of the world.
|Location of Origin: Latin America|
|Dimensions: Size: 5-3/4 inches (14.6cm) H. + custom mount.|
|Primary Classification: Ancient Art, Antiquities : Pre-Columbian Antiquities|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Latin American|
|Age wear and abrasions and nice archaeological surface.|
For further information see The Olmec World, Ritual and Rulership, Michael D. Coe and others, Princeton and The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico. by Coe, Michael D. NY: Museum of Primitive Art, 1965.
|Provenance: Ex. private Connecticut collection, acquired 35 years ago.|
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