Calakmul jade mask sculpture

The Canadian sculptor Jean Pronovost has carved and painted with a faux finish a reproduction of an ancient Mayan jade mask. The mask is considered one of the most beautiful works of art of the Mayan culture; it comes from Calakmul and was carved between 660 and 750 AD. J.C.

The carved reproduction has been carefully elaborated with many references and the proportion as well as its format is faithful to the original sculpture in jade; approximatively 8 by 14.5 inches.

The sculpture was carved from special clay and was remolded several times to look like a polished stone, countless hours of sanding were made to achieve this realistic and convincing result.

Jade mask sculpture of Calakmul

The meticulousness and the realism is one of the qualities of the artist sculptor Jean Pronovost, he looked for references and reproduced the sculpture of this famous jade mask from Calakmul.

The story of the Mask is rich and goes back to an almost forgotten era of Mayan history. Its main function was not to be a simple ornamental piece and its history goes back to the years 660 and 750 AD, When it was made to be part of the funeral furniture of a leader, still unidentified, of the Kaan dynasty.

The mask is very complex because it has many elements, not only the face of the king himself, which was worked in a naturalistic way, but also all the symbols made at the time of the death of the sovereign who represents the Mayan cosmogony.

Jade mask sculpture in detail.

The sculpture of the Mayan mask can be admired here in detail.

You can see the different pieces of jade that have distinct hues, appreciate the polished look of the stone which is actually carved and polished resin, the false finish is exceptional and is very close to the rich vibrant colors that the Mayans cherished so much, several stages of glaze were painted to get there.

The quality of such a sculpture made jean pronovost one the greatest sculptor.

Micltantecuhtli maya mask sculpture

This magnificent sculpture is a larger-than-life reproduction of a famous Mayan masterpiece, the Quebec sculptor Jean Pronovost has carved with great precision all the details of this ancient work with passion and gave it a golden patina, The sculpture of the ancient civilizations masterpieces is one of the strengths of the Canadian artist.

Micltantecuhtli is a Mayan deity who dominates Mictlan; the underworld and the realm of the dead. The original work, which is a massive gold pectoral, is a Mixtec work that was carved during the post-classical period (1000-1697). They occupied the region of Oaxaca in Mexico. In the art of goldsmithing, the Mixtecs have created works of surprising delicacy.

The sculpture is 12 by 16 inches and is made of fiberglass reinforced resin; it can be easily hung on the wall and can even be installed outside because this material is resistant to cold and frost.

Sculpture of  Mictlantecutli

We see here the sculpture in detail.

The Quebec sculptor has put a lot of energy to reproduce all the details of Mixtec sculpture, he even reproduced the imperfections of the foundry, and the texture of the metal. The meticulousness of the sculpture was extreme but it is this type of work that fascinates the artist.

For the Quebec sculptor Jean Pronovost it is a pride to have reproduced this pectoral of Mictlantecuhtli because the Mixtecs are regarded as the most extraordinary craftsmen of Mesoamerica during the post-classical period (1000-1697) of pre-Colombian Mexico.

Detail of Mictlantecuhtli sculpture.

On this picture, we can appreciate the level of infinite details on the reproduction of the Mictlantecuhtli sculpture.

The sculpture of 12 by 16 inches is made of resin reinforced with fiberglass, and it can be easily hung on the wall and can even be installed outside because this material is resistant to cold and frost.

To achieve this result the sculptor Jean Pronovost made a matrix with a special clay, then he molded it and finally, he made a resin edition reinforced with fiberglass, so the result is a resistant sculpture but which has however a multitude of delicate details.