Lot: 139

Mask face, ca. 1200-400 BC

Mexico, Olmec

Provenance Size Hammer price
Galerie Gerdes, Munich, Germany
Anna Maria Posset (1922-2018), Würzburg / Miltenberg, Germany (1982)
H: 3.3 inch;
B: 3.1 inch

greenstone, The mask face shows the classic Olmec combination of features belonging to man and the supernatural jaguar ("Werjaguar"). The flat masks were worn on the breast and served to protect their owners.

Berrin, Kathleen & Virginia Fields, Olmec, San Francisco 2010, p. 200
This object is subject to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Protection Act. For shipment to a non-EU member state, export regulations will vary.