The Mezcala work seen here was carved from an unidentified green stone. The head and torso are defined from a series of horizontal and vertical cuts with the aid of stone tools and probably string. The head displays typical Mezcala features: a flat head, prominent eyebrow ridge, and triangular lines to define the nose and cheeks around the horizontal mouth. Vertical cuts further indicate the arms and legs.
Unlike larger Mezcala standing figures recycled from celts, scholars believe that Mezcala pendant figures like this were likely used for personal devotion.
Private Collection, Arizona;
[Ron Messick Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM];
Meleko Mokgosi receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts for paintings that rely on intensive research, reflection, and conversation in order to address widespread misrepresentation of Africa and Africans, and to accurately portray the continent’s complex social and political realities.
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