Property from a Private Collection, California
MEZCALA STONE TEMPLE LATE PRECLASSIC, CIRCA 300-100 BC
Height: 5 ¼ in (13.4 cm)
Condition overall very good, small chip on the proper right corner. Small remnants of incrustation overall.
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Acquired by the grandfather of the current owner in the 1960s
Thence by family descent
Mezcala temple models were collected as early as the 19th c. by William Niven among other explorers in Guerrero. Their appeal blossomed in the 1960's after publications by Miguel Covarrubias, and Carlo Gay's "Mezcala Architecture in Miniature" ( in Jones, Houses for the Hereafter, Funerary Temples from Guerrero, Mexico, From the Collection of Arthur M. Bullowa, New York, 1987, pp. 9-10).
This andesite temple is carved with stairs to the upper platform, here supporting two broad columns with a banded, tapering roof comb. See Gay and Pratt, Mezcala, Ancient Stone Sculpture from Guerrero, Mexico, Geneva, 1992, p. 179, fig. 114, for the type.