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|Object Type||Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection|
|Dimensions||6 x 3 1/2 x 1 in. (15.24 x 8.89 x 2.54 cm)|
|Medium||Polished green stone|
|Credit Line||Bates College Museum of Art, Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Gift of the Marsden Hartley Estate, 1951.2.91|
Stone carvings in the Mezcala style primarily come from the Río Balsas River basin of Guerrero (West Mexico). The style is characterized by relatively small-sized stone sculptures featuring geometric abstraction of the human figure, animals, and temple models. Other Mezcala-style carvings include small pendants depicting humans, animals, and purely geometric shapes (see 1955.1.196). The human figural sculptures were carved from axe forms (see 1969.7.10a, 1969.7.10b) cut in half longitudinally and carved on one face (as seen here). Few Mezcala sculptures have been found in their original archaeological contexts, although a cache of Mezcala carvings and other heirloom artifacts was recently found in a cave in the Río Balsas area (Municipio de Cocula), the cache tentatively dated to c. 700 CE.
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