A finely carved were-jaguar mask. Made from the favored jade stone. This mask is
considered to be a shaman in the midst of transformation. Exhibits both animal and
human qualities in high relief. Notable for its characteristic upraised upper lip,
bifurcated tongue, curved fangs and cleft forehead. Perforated almond eyes, flat
nose with simplified elongated ears. The Olmec god.
Mexico, ca. 900-600 B.C. Very Rare mask in Jade.
Measures: 5.25”/13.33 cm H; 4”/10.16 cm W; 2.25”/5.71 cm D.
High polished stone with no fractures. Completely intact in near choice condition.
Provenance: L. Smyth, Florida. Acquired 1970s - 80s.
Accompanied by a hardbound CIRAM Scientific Analysts and Ruffner Art Advisory Fair
Market Value report.
Appears on pg 73 in the July/August 2020 issue of the International Art Magazine