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Dubbed an altar dedicated to maize, the true function of this piece is not fully understood. The rendering of the corn cobs is strikingly realistic, down to the pleats of the foliation and the wavy nature of the corn hairs.

Stone box with representations of corn cobs
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Valley of Mexico
Volcanic stone
58 x 57 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara