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The red and black banding motifs that were painted on this conch trumpet (again, using the "pseudo-cloisonné" technique) follow and emphasize the naturally occuring spiral of the shell.

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

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara