Teotihuacan Alabaster Stone Mask, Circa 450-650 AD - Alabaster - Teotihuacan culture - Mexico

Teotihuacan Alabaster Stone Mask, Circa 450-650 AD - Alabaster - Teotihuacan culture - Mexico
Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Classic Period, Mexico, Circa 450-650 A.D.

Teotihuacán, Mexico.

Circa 450-650 A.D.

Circa 10,0 cm height.
Circa 7,5 cm width.
Circa 2,0 cm depth.

Circa 201,0 gram.

Alabaster with rough ancient stone surface.

The state of preservation is excellent. Overall, the mask is in very good condition with appropriate signs of age. The surface of the stone nicely worn from years of handling; the mineral with natural cracks and inclusions. With ancient hard sediment deposits.

With Yanto Alexander Fine Art, acquired in 2019 to present day.
Private Collection Maureen Ogle, up to 2019, Coarsegold, California, United States, acquired 2008 and collected up to 2019.
Before Private Collection of an USA Geologist, who traveled to various locations, finding treasures to add to his collection. Acquired around 1990 from an West Coast Collector, collected up to 2008.
West Coast Collector, acquired 1980`s collected up to 1990.
Los Angeles Collection, acquired 1970`s - 1980`s, by descent to above owner.
Acquired and excavated in Mexico, circa1950`s -1960`s.

A carved Teotihuacan alabaster stone mask, depicting a naturalistic portrait of a ruler or dignitary. The alabaster stone has an worn and rough ancient stone surface, with natural cracks, inclusions and with ancient hard sediment deposits. Mask with deep set, almond-shaped eyes pierced for ornaments, open mouth slightly downwards, with small open lips as if speaking, with drilled ears. Nose of flat and broad form, nose pierced with small holes. This mask or also called maskette, is slightly smaller than life-size, and probably placed and used in burial context. The drilled holes on the back side, indicate that this mask can be worn as necklace part or offer ritual.

This mask's idealized beauty, massive yet balanced proportions and original shell inlay make it one of the finest examples of the masks of Teotihuacan- the greatest Mesoamerican metropolis of the Classic era. The influence of Teotihuacan from the 2nd -4th C. in art, architecture, political and economic spheres was not surpassed till the growth of Tenochtitlan in the Aztec period. Aztec rulers made pilgrimages to the ancient city, recognizing it as a power center and home of cosmic mythology. In the Classic period Maya polities such as Tikal gain dominance after their alignment with Teotihuacan and the Central Mexican highlands. No doubt Teotihuacan art, and masks such as this, influenced Maya art towards using the human figure in stone sculpture as a palette for supernaturally charged rulers and deities.

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Lot details
Teotihuacan Alabaster Stone Mask, Circa 450-650 AD
Ethnic group/ culture
Teotihuacan culture
Region/ country
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
10×7.5×2 cm
201 g
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