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The features on this avian character have been carved and drilled. The hook shape on the upper part was used for suspension and was worn through the septum. This piece was found in a shaft tomb at the site of Huitzilapa and is only one of thousands of shell items that were found on or around the characters buried in it.

Nose ring in the shape of a bird
West Mexico
Late Pre-Classic to Early Classic periods (100 B.C.- 300 A.D.)
Teuchitlán, State of Jalisco
3.6 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara