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Popularly known as "la Gallina Loca" (the Crazy Hen), this unique piece probably depicts a raptorial bird with Underworld associations, given the fact that the marine elements it incorporates are often related to this realm.

Bird-shaped vessel
Early Classic (300-550 A.D.)
Teotihuacan, State of Mexico
Clay, marine shells and greenstone
24 x 23.5 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara