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Temple Model

Artist/Maker: Mezcala (Central Mexico)

Date: ca. 300 BCE-300 CE
Medium: stone
Overall: 3 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (8.3 x 6.7 x 2.9 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of The Rubin - Ladd Foundation
Object number: 2007.4.16
DescriptionTemple models from the Mezcala River region in modern Guerrero are remarkable for their simplicity and beautiful craftsmanship. This temple model shows an architectural structure with two massive columns supporting a rectangular roof. The building is set upon a platform, which is surmounted via a narrow set of stairs. The smooth surface of the stone, which was carved using a thread-saw technique, helps accentuate the elegant lines of this quasi-abstract composition. Guerrero is famous for these temple models, which the Aztec demanded as tribute from their conquered subjects in the area. A handful of provenienced examples suggest these objects may have been used in dedication rituals for new buildings. The pure lines and strong schematic character of these pieces make them one of the most original sculptural types in all Mesoamerica.
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