IMPOSANT TEMPLE 
MEZCALA
"...architectural models are the most provocative and unique. Not merely magic objects of ritual,...they were tokens of.. faith to accompany the dead, in essence, exalting symbols of man's lasting aspiration for eternal life." (Gay and Pratt 1992:167)
IMPOSANT TEMPLE MEZCALA

PRÉCLASSIQUE RÉCENT, ENV. 300 – 100 AV. JC

Details
IMPOSANT TEMPLE
MEZCALA
PRÉCLASSIQUE RÉCENT, env. 300 – 100 av. JC
Calcite grise polie
Hauteur 19.2 cm. (7 ½ in.)
Provenance
Galerie Mermoz, Paris, 1984
Literature
Carlo Gay, Ancient Ritual Stone Artifacts: Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Imprimerie de l'Académie Royale de Belgique, Gilly, 1995, fig. 71
Exhibited
Geneva, Mexique Terre des Dieux, Trésors de l’Art Précolombien, Musée Rath, 8 octobre 1998-24 janvier 1999, pl. 85
Further details
IMPOSING MEZCALA STONE TEMPLE MODEL

With a tall, barrel-shaped base with six-step stairway, surmounted by six posts, with a slightly tapering roof.
This multi-columned structure belongs to a rare group of six-post temples.

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Lot Essay

Ce modèle repose sur une large base en forme de tonneaux comportant un escalier à six marches et qui est surmontée de six colonnes surmontées d’une toiture légèrement effilée.
Cet exemplaire appartient au groupe très restreint de maquettes de temples à six colonnes.

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