Guatemala,  Mexico

Pre-Columbian Indian mask

Q: Does this mask look like a repro or a legitimate
Mexican pre-Columbian piece. It is 3” x 5”. Is is jade
adhered to pottery on a wooden base. Paula, 1739

A: It’s a beautiful piece that shows you what an Mezcala, Olmec or Mayan masks could look like before the Spanish invaded the new world. Otherwise, I can’t help much because I never got around to learning about early MesoAmerican masks. The big question is whether it is authentic or a recent reproduction. Please don’t sell it until you know for sure. There are labs that can tell you the age of the mask.

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