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This unusual piece, made up of four separate elements is reminiscent of objects that appear in ball-playing painted scenes and is probably a marker of some sort. The scrollwork covering all but the topmost element probably reflects influence from Veracruz. A very similar object has been found in a Middle-Classic sector of the Maya city of Tikal.
Monument from 'La Ventilla'
Middle Classic (500-650 A.D.)
La Ventilla, Teotihuacan, State of Mexico
210 x 75 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.
Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara