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LOT 0533

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GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,320 - 4,430
USD ($) 3,940 - 5,250

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£2,250 (EUR 2,493; USD 2,955) (+bp*)

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Mesoamerican Zapotec Inlaid Mask

220-900 AD

A carved serpentine mask with tall segmented headdress, with inlaid ornament in flint, jadeite and obsidian. 793 grams, 17.5cm (7"). Fine condition. Rare.

Provenance
Property of an Italian collector living in Torino; part of her family's collection since 1965; by descent from her grandmother in 1993; accompanied by a copy of the Italian export permit and an academic report by Emilio J. Bejarano Erosa (Director of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico, 1968-1982); also accompanied by scholarly note TL 5293 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz.
Literature
See Smith, B., Mexico. A History in Art, Mexico, 1979.