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This piece was found inside a cave in the state of Guerrero by unsuspecting explorers. The highly standardized mask is typical of Teotihuacan style: hundreds like it have been found, although few are as well preserved. Some scholars have suggested these masks may have been used as faces on mortuary bundles.

Early Classic (300-550 A.D.)
State of Guerrero
Stone with turquoise, shell and obsidian applications
21.7 x 21 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara