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PROPERTY FROM THE PIERRE AND TANA MATISSE FOUNDATION, NEW YORK

TEOTIHUACAN GREENSTONE MASK,
Classic, ca. A.D. 450-650
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 530,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE PIERRE AND TANA MATISSE FOUNDATION, NEW YORK

TEOTIHUACAN GREENSTONE MASK,
Classic, ca. A.D. 450-650
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 530,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art Including Property from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

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New York

TEOTIHUACAN GREENSTONE MASK,
Classic, ca. A.D. 450-650
the mature and forceful face with sharply sculpted cheeks, full parted lips and large eyes once inlaid showing remains of staining, the ears pierced for ornaments, and with suspension holes at the sides of the head and center of forehead; in mottled serpentine with remains of white and red stucco pigment within the nostril.
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Height: 6 1/2 in (16.5cm)
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Provenance

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, acquired October 7, 1938, (stock book no. "816")

Catalogue Note

Teotihuacan masks and facepanels are noted for their idealized portrayal of the human condition. Attached to mortuary bundles or ceramic or perishable effigies of deities, they were embellished with elements related to specific deities or ancestors. Remains of stone or shell inlay, and stucco paint - as on this mask- show the tradition of added design elements. The mature, sculpted lines of this mask resemble the aged deity Huehueteotl ( Fire God), one of the principal deities of Mesoamerican mythology. The Aztecs revered the ancient monuments of Teotihuacan as the 'place of the gods' and took masks to their own sacred center at Tenochtitlan. 

For a mask of the same stone and similar eye treatment in the Denver Art Museum, see Young- Sánchez (2003:32, fig. 12); for small masks showing related facial style, see Solis (2009:401 and 405, cat. nos. 234b, and 236e).

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art Including Property from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

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New York