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Exceptional Basalt Bust of the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel: Ex Marschall

Exceptional Basalt Bust of the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel: Ex Marschall


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This exceptional piece is a black basalt stone bust that depicts the Aztec goddess Mayahuel, and dates to the 14th century A.D. This carved bust is approximately 12.75 inches high, by 11.5 inches wide, by 5.8 inches deep from the back of the piece to the nose at the front, and was carved from a heavy and tight grained black basalt stone. This striking piece likely depicts Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of the maguey plant and fertility. The Aztecs used the maguey plant to produce the fermented drink "pulque", which was served to nobles and warriors at Aztec religious festivals and celebrations. The detailed bust offered here shows the young goddess wearing triangular shaped earrings, and a crown of angular shaped maguey plant leaves. Her mouth is also seen open, and appears to have some of the maguey plant within. This piece also has a flat back, and the rounded face is carved in relief which was meant to be seen with a frontal view. There is also some remains of a cream colored stucco seen on the lower half of this piece, and on the flat back side. This piece was also likely completely covered with a vibrant cream and blue stucco. This piece was designed with an extended pinon at the bottom, and was also designed to be seen as a free standing type piece. This powerful piece was also likely inserted into a religious shrine or temple, and in addition, this piece may have been moved from place to place. This piece is intact, save for two chips at the base of the pinon, and this type of piece is a rare example, given the superb condition and that it is complete. This piece has a great deal of eye appeal, and can easily be seen from a distance. Ex: Private German collection, circa 1960's. Ex: Dr. Gunther Marschall collection, Hamburg, Germany, circa 1970's-2000's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser, including EU Export and US Customs Import documentation.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:
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