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This unique piece was part of the funerary garb of an important character found intact in his tomb. The rest of his dress items included a full-bodied suit that is now painstakingly being restored, as well as thousands of other shell jewelry items and accessories.

Skull cap
Middle Classic period (450-750 A.D.)
Huiztle, State of Jalisco
2,155 fresh water small snail shells and thread (original no longer existent)
18.5 cm. (diameter)
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara