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Using the natural spiraling of conch shell, the artist who fashioned these arm ornaments covered the outer surface of them with stylized geometrical motifs.

Pair of arm ornaments
West Mexico
Classic Period (300-900 A.D.)
State of Michoacán, Mexico
Shell with incised motifs
7 cm. (diameter)
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara