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Even though fragmentary, this piece still bespeaks the full command of their art Mexica sculptors had. Notice the sensuous carving of the shoulder bones, the shell inlays for the eyes and the strong realism of this character's expression. The square peghole in the chest suggests that a tenon for supporting something may have once been inserted into this remarkable figure's torso.

Torso and head of a male
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic period (1319-1521 A.D.)
Mexico City
Volcanic rock
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara