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This extremely pleasing rendering of a squash is one of a handful of naturalistic (as opposed to conventionalized) sculptures of the natural world that do not appear to be tied to a ritual context. From the choice of stone color to the working of the smallest details, it is evident that the sculptor tried to approach as much as possible the actual appearance of a squash.

Sculpture of a squash
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
16 x 36 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara