Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : Pre-Columbian Art : Mayan Sculpture Molds : Mayan Sculpture Mold
Click to view original image.
Mayan Sculpture Mold - PF.6098
Origin: El Salvador
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 2.25" (5.7cm) high x 3.25" (8.3cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Terracotta

$2,000.00
Location: United States
Purchase
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Description
This work of art, an ancient sculptor’s mold, grants us a unique insight into the creative process of Mayan artists. Such a mold would have been used in the fabrication of small terracotta sculptures. Pressed into the wet clay, the intricately carved pattern of the mold would be replicated. The highly detailed pattern of the interior belies the soft curves of the abstract exterior. This particular mold replicates the face of an animal, most likely a canine, but perhaps a serpent. The most prominent feature of the face is the elongated jaw, specifically the large, sharp fangs visible in the open mouth. Also prominent is the nose, which suggests this animal’s canine attribution. This face would have presumably been attached to a larger body while still wet. It is possible that a generic body was used for several different faces; it is also possible that a specific body was intended to be joined with this face only. This little mold, as functional as it is, was once used to create images of gods. That sacred idols worthy of worship could be created from this mold implies that the mold itself has some inherent power. Clearly, in the hands of a master sculptor, this mold has the power to embody the gods. Today, this mold is a relic of ancient artistry, transplanted from an ancient Mayan workshop into our hands, linking us directly with the creative process of long forgotten sculptors. - (PF.6098)

 

Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2019 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved

contact-form@barakatgallery.com - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting