STANDING WOMAN

MEZCALA - GUERRERO

350 - 100 B.C.

Height: 31.2 cm  - Width: 11.1 cm - Depth: 5.3 cm

Speckled grey-green andesite

Provenance

Former collection Stéphane Janssen since 1966

Collection Galerie Mermoz since 2016


 

Anthropomorphic sculpture representing a standing woman with stylized features.

The head rests on a broad neck.  The face presents stylized features. The mouth is evoked by a notch and a flat area. The latter also serves as a base for the nose. The nose has a salient bridge. The prominent and rectilinear arches of the eyebrows are marked by double ridges create a shade evoking the eyes. A thin groove is located above the arches of the eyebrows. The top of the head is slightly rounded. The angular shoulders are in harmony with the rectangle-shaped chest. Two circles in relief define the breasts. The forearms in relief are resting, oblique, on the lower-belly. The short and sharped legs are apart.

The Mezcala culture, dated from 350 – 100 B.C., is one of the most representative artistic tradition of the State of Guerrero, in the southwest of Mexico. Its stone sculptures mainly represent very stylized human figures or temples suggesting the idea of passage. They remain mysterious about their meaning and fascinate the contemporary artists and collectors with their modern modelling tending towards abstraction. As Mezcala figures mainly are asexual, evoking the human being in its essence, the feminine figure is much rarer and only represents 5% of the works. Our figure is therefore very interesting. One can appreciate the harmony of proportions and the stylization of the body that give an impression of strength and stability, whereas the small and round breasts give a touching image of femininity.