Sultepec Alabaster Mask 

600 BC to 100 BC

4 1/2″ tall by 3 1/2″ wide 

A very rare Sultepec alabaster stone mask from Guerrero, Mexico. This culture was contemporary with the Chontal and Mezcala. 

The Sultepec masks share many similarities to the Chontal, such as a heavy brow line, as well as small eyes and mouth. This mouth is interesting because it has incised teeth. The most distinctive feature is the large over-sized nose. All of the Sultepec masks have it. 

Alabaster is the rarest of all the stone that comprise these masks. It is soft and very difficult to work with. This example has amazing translucency but glows red with light due to the presence of cinnabar.

Both temples have been drilled twice for attachment and this was most likely worn as a large and heavy pectoral for someone of great importance.

The mask is in almost perfect condition with a spot of calcium near the end of the nose, as well as a small chip at the end. 

Ex Dr R Fernandez MD collection. Acquired in the 1940s.


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