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Stucco modeling attained an impressive level of perfection among Maya sculptors, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the ancient city of Palenque, where stucco seems to have been the preferred medium for the manufacture of monuments. This magnificently rendered head, with its fleshy volumes and calm expressiveness is one of many masterpieces from that site.

Stucco head
Late Classic (600-900 A.D.)
Palenque, State of Chiapas
28 x 21 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara