Important Aztec Stone Male Head probably Xipe Totec

 

10890. Important Aztec Stone Male Head probably Xipe Totec

Mexico, Ca. 1470-1521 AD.

Expressively rendered basalt carved head with beautiful, sensitive naturalistic features, almond eyes once inlaid, the ears pierced, the mouth slightly open and with a low-cut coiffure.

Ex Scott and Stuart Gentling Collection; Ex Edward D. Sternat, New York; Ex New England Private Collection Acquired Sotheby's, New York, November 15, 1994, Lot 172. Ex Sotheby’s Parke Bernet N.Y. May 12th 1979, lot 278.

Size: 6 3/8 inches (16.2cm) height + custom mount.

Similar piece can be found in Von Kuste Zu Kuste (From Coast to Coast: Pre-Columbian Sculptures from Mesoamerica) by authors Leyenaar, van Bussel, and Weber, 1992, p.380.

Super rare and exquisite example.

$9,500

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