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TEOTIHUACAN STONE FIGURINE
CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 450-650
Standing with legs apart and arms stiffly to the sides, the head jutting slightly forward with carefully rendered features, rounded cheeks, parted lips and narrow sunken eyes, wearing a closely-fitted cap, flaring earspools and detachable, tiered headdress; in green speckled stone.
The usage of semi precious stones and of the highly valued green stones by the Mesoamerican artisans depended on several aesthetic features such as their colors, textures and ability to take high polish, and their potential for dramatic or abstract carving with crisp detail. "This simplicity is true of most of Teotihuacan arts. Figures do not gesture or contort themselves, they merely exist in self-contained, simple form. It is an unconscious reflection of who they felt they were and how the saw the world."(Teotihuacan, pg. 59)