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The very regular shape of this necklace is achieved through the use of carefully spaced hollow cylindrical small beads that serve to separate 31 representations of humans. These anthropomorphic beads were carried out in accordance with a very extended convention for representing the human figure in West Mexico.
Necklace made of small anthropomorphic figures
Classic period (300-900 A.D.)
San Gregorio, State of Michoacán
17.4 cm. (diameter)
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.
Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara