12 November 2004
A MEZCALA STONE HEAD PENDANT, TYPE M-26
Late Preclassic, ca. 300-100 B.C.
In the form of a human head emerging from the jaws of a stylized reptile with upturned snout and drilled eyes, the feline's head with incised teeth and perked ears; in pale green speckled stone, pierced at the back for suspension.
Height 2 in. (5.5 cm.)
Miguel Covarrubias Collection
Carlo Gay Collection
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Carlo Gay and Francis Pratt, Mezcala: Ancient Stone Sculpture from Guerrero Mexico, Geneva, 1992, Pl. 150.
The creature's significance of the association with a reptile certainly denotes magical attributes.
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