Important Olmec Green Serpentine Stone Mask


15544. Important Olmec Green Serpentine Stone Mask

Mexico, La Blanca, Pacific Slope Region. Middle Pre-classic period, ca. 900 - 600 B.C.

Greenish-black carved serpentine stone example depicted with a squared face having a lively expression, the lips pulled tightly apart in a gentle smile showing gums, fulcrum indicated. Faintly raised lower lids and curving oval eyes with large pierced pupils, incised lid and straight brow, the rectangular ears incised and drilled, the top of the head and lower cheeks drilled for suspension, the reverse is deeply concave. Size: 5-1/2”H. x 4-3/4”W.
Excellent ancient surface patina with scattered areas of encrustation. Old custom lucite stand. Intact, exc. cond., Mr. Friedenberg in the 1980’s dremeled his social security on the reverse. A rare and beautiful example.
Provenance: Private FL. collection. Ex. John-Platt/Daniel M. Friedenberg collection, acquired in 1980 from Fine Arts of Ancient Lands, Exhibited: Denver Art Museum,1987; National Museum of Woman, Washington, D.C.,1988. Published: Von Winning, 1986, #67, University of Virginia Art Museum; Sold Sotheby’s NY 2003. Authenticity by David Joralemon.

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