We specialize in picking artifacts the finest private collections from around the globe. Our mandate is to keep history alive by ensuring these precious items get passed along to a new generation of collectors.00 BCE - 750 AD. Comments: For sale is this MAGNIFICENT Jade mask from the extremely advanced and mysterious Teotihuacan culture of Mexico. This culture is famous for their unbelievable pyramid complex just outside of Mexico City, that contains several pyramids , and one, the Pyramid of the Moon that is one of the largest pyramids ever constructed.
It is even larger by volume, than the great pyramid of Egypt. The Teotihuacan complex was once one of the largest metropolis' in the world at it's time, and peaked with approx.
This city was later used by the Aztecs as their capital city. Teotihuacan is actually the Aztec name for the city, meaning "Place of the Gods"; unfortunately, the original name is yet to be deciphered from surviving name glyphs at the site. They were also widely known for their mastery of jade carving with a distinct minimalist style. The art of Teotihuacan, as represented in sculpture, pottery, and murals, is highly stylized and minimalist. Stone masks were made using jade, basalt, greenstone, and andesite, often highly polished and with details, especially eyes, rendered using shell or obsidian.
These masks were also made in clay, and both types would once have adorned statues and mummy bundles. A great many buildings at Teotihuacan were decorated with murals, most of which portray religious events, especially processions, but also scenes with details of landscape and architecture and especially watery scenes such as fountains and rivers. Scenes also include gylphs suggesting the existence of a writing system, even if much less varied and sophisticated than that used by the contemporary Maya. Aspects of Teotihuacan's religion, monumental architecture, urban planning, and various features of the citys art would influence both contemporary and subsequent civilizations across Mesoamerica, including the Zapotecs, Maya, Toltecs, and Aztecs.
Imagery such as the feathered-serpent god and the owl representative of warfare are just two examples of Teotihuacan iconography that became ubiquitous across Mesoamerica. Teotihuacan cast a long cultural shadow through history and, 1,000 years after its peak, the last great Pre-Columbian civilization, the Aztecs, revered the city as the origin of civilization.
They believed Teotihuacan was where the gods had created the present era, including the fifth and present sun. The Aztec king Montezuma, for example, made several pilgrimages to the site during his reign in homage to the gods and the early rulers of Teotihuacan, who were "wise men, knowers of occult things, possessors of the traditions" and whose tombs were the site's great pyramids, built for them, according to legend, by giants in the distant but not forgotten past. This piece was carved from a gorgeous piece of green/blue marbled jade with a very unique pattern. This small mask is a typical example in terms of style of the Teotihuacan culture. It features a human face with stylized eyebrows.The contours of he mask are incredible, which leaves the mask with a life-like, expressive face with an open mouth. The piece is a stunning example of fine Teotihuacan art. This piece exhibits clear signs of ancient tool work and drilling techniques. It also has a wonderful ancient patina and would be a absolute masterpiece in your collection.
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The seller is "ancientoriginsboutique" and is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This item can be shipped worldwide.