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A highly stylized aesthetic sense that gives their pieces a sense of ineffable "modernity" is the hallmark of the stoneworkers of the culture known as "Mezcala", a name taken from the river that runs through the heartland of the territory where this tradition originated. Notice the prevalence of straight lines over organic shapes and the uncomplicated angularity of the whole piece.

Middle Pre-Classic (400-100 B.C.)
Mezcala river basin, State of Guerrero
21.4 x 18.6 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara