300 BC to 300 AD
5.625″ (14.3cm) high x 2″ (5.1cm) wide
Along the region of the Rio Mezcala in the Central portion of the Mexican state of Guerrero, an ancient culture evolved which created highly expressive and powerful stone ritual objects. Possibly springing from the same roots as the famous Olmec culture, the people of Mezcala imbued Celts, axes used for hafting, with both magical and spiritual symbolism. The talented Mezcala artists who created these dynamic ritual Celts developed a powerful, expressive style of abstraction remarkably close to that of many modern artists.
Female Mezcala figures are quite rare and this pregnant idol is no exception. She holds her arms over her bulging stomach.