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LOT 0533

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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.

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.
See Smith, B., Mexico. A History in Art, Mexico, 1979.