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Pyrite mirrors, such as the one worn by this portrait of a sitting woman have been interpreted by some researchers as a means to gaze into the Otherworld, perhaps in the course of shamanistic rites.
Seated female figurine with a mirror
Middle Pre-Classic (1000-600 B.C.)
La Venta, State of Tabasco
Grey to greenish stone, pyrite and cinnabar
8 x 4 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.
Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara