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Olmec Head from San Lorenzo - 3D View
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Olmec Head from San Lorenzo - 3D View

San Lorenzo Colossal Head 6 is one of the smaller examples of colossal heads, standing 1.67 m. It measures 1.41 m wide by 1.26 m deep and is estimated to weigh between 8 and 10 tons. The head was discovered by a farmworker and was excavated...
The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza
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The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza

The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza is the largest playing field in Mesoamerica. It measures 168 by 70 metres (551 by 230 feet) and the walls are 8 metres (26 feet) high. Here the game of Pok-a-Tok was played, the most popular and highly...
Coatlicue
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Coatlicue

A colossal basalt statue of Coatlicue ('Serpent Skirt'), the Aztec mother-earth goddess and mother of Huitzilopochtli. The goddess is represented with a severed head replaced by two snake heads, wearing a necklace of severed hands and human...
Maguey
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Maguey

The maquey agave plant was used across ancient Mesoamerica to make pulque beer and fibres for weaving.
Mixtec Plate
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Mixtec Plate

A decorated plate from the Mixteca-Puebla region of Mesoamerica. 1350-1500 CE. (St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri)
Maya Vessel with Dog Painting
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Maya Vessel with Dog Painting

Maya vessel depicting several mythological scenes. This part of the vessel depicts a god with a spotted tail and ears. The dog is a companion of death, and like his own has a dark nature. Attributed to the "Metropolitan Master", 7th or 8th...
Mimbres Ceramic Vessel
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Mimbres Ceramic Vessel

This Mimbres vessel dates from 1000-1150 CE. The Mimbres, a Mogollon group, lived near the Mimbres River in a mountainous area in the southwest corner of New Mexico from c. 1000-1250 CE. Their clay vessels display a major advance in technology...
Maya Tripod Bowl
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Maya Tripod Bowl

3-4th century CE, Guatemala, Mesoamerica. Metropolitan Museum of Art A favored vessel type of the Maya lowlands was one made in the shape of a tropical bird, perhaps a cormorant, in the act of catching a fish in its beak. The bird's forehead...
Olmec Celtiform Ax
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Olmec Celtiform Ax

Jadeite celt, 10-4th century BCE, Mexico, Mesoamerica Metropolitan Museum of Art About 1000 BCE, celts-elongated, elliptical ground stone tools-would acquire meaning beyond their workaday function. When made of greenstones such as the...
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