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Painted with mostly red and green pigments, using a technique known as "pseudo-cloisonné", this kind of highly ornamented conch trumpet must have been used in connection with ritual occasions, possibly even during the rites pertaining to an interment.

Conch trumpet
West Mexico
Late Pre-Classic to Early Classic periods (100 B.C.- 300 A.D.)
Teuchitlán, State of Jalisco
19.8 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara