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This magnificent example of a kind of ceremonial sculpture known as "hacha" (axe) depicts a human face wearing a fish headdress. Originally, it must have had inlays of precious materials, such as jade, turquoise, obsidian or shell.

Anthropomorphic "hacha"
Central Veracruz
Middle to Late Classic (500-900 A.D.)
27 x 23 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara