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"Back to the Attic Part 2" Impressive Aztec/Mayan Warrior Onyx Wall Panel /Circa 20th Century

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I've dusted off another treasure from the attic for a return engagement. Time hasn't shed any light on the subject. I really know nothing more about this huge onyx panel than I did two years ago when I first posted it. My guess is still Mexico, Mid Century by an unknown artist or company. -Mike-

    Original Post 2014

    Salvation Army has been getting in some unique things again. This incredible onyx wall plaque measures 29 1/2 " x 23 1/2" and weighs in at exactly 20 lbs ! Going to need some major hardware and a wall stud to hang it. It's carved from one slab of 3/4" onyx and is only held to the wood background with two small screws with square nuts. It looks like the real stone and not some composite resin mix. I'm not sure what type of wood the plaque is made from. It looks like walnut or mahogany to me. It's also inlaid with metal bands that surround the figure. There were only a few scratches in the wood and a little chipping to the lacquer on the metal inlay. Furniture polish made those go away for the most part. The figure itself is damage free with no chips or cracks. There are no labels or anything stamped into the wood to indicate country of origin or an artist. I strongly suspect it's from Mexico and probably dates from the 60's to early 70's. I didn't find anything online that looks even close so I have no idea of the value other than it's awesome ! -Mike-

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Absolutely beautiful !~
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Phil . :)
    3. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      I love mixed media art Mike, and I find this such a special piece! If you insist on keeping it in the attic, let me know, and I'll give it a good home! :-)
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      It's not actually in the attic's covering the opening of an unused fireplace at the moment. It's so heavy I'm afraid to hang it for fear of it falling off the wall and braking into a million pieces.
    5. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Very cool piece Mike !
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      It is absolutely fantastic Mike, and so much work in it! Onyx is hard.
      Maybe you could email a museum that has a Mexican/South American specialist?
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Mani, Karen, and Thomas....@Karen...Hmmm well I never even considered it to be a museum piece but it is very well done. I just thought it might be a very high end souvenir from the 60's when it was still fashionable to take a Mexican vacation.
      @Thomas... They were a very advanced people but also very brutal in terms of their religion and warfare. I've seen some shows on NTGeo, fascinating people and culture.
    8. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      Wow, that's cool Mike.
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks OGF :)
    10. englandnative, 4 years ago
      Mike, I would like to let you know that I have posted this piece in my items (englandnative) to see if any more info can be found about this now 3 times listed warrior. I did thank you in my listing for the purchase so you were not forgotten!! Once again, Thank You. Regards, Simon.

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