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Mask

Artist/Maker: Teotihuacán (Central Highlands, Mexico)

Date: ca. 250-550
Medium: serpentine, shell and obsidian
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 5 1/4 in. (21.6 x 19.4 x 13.3 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Fitzmorris
Terms
Object number: 2008.30.1
DescriptionThis mask retains stone and shell inlays that accentuate the eyes and teeth. Large black pupils made of the volcanic stone obsidian animate its appearance in a manner that sets this mask apart from the other two examples in the exhibition. The oval form of the face and arched eyebrows lend a gentler overall appearance but the strong nose remains a prominent feature, as in all the Teotihuacan masks. The great ritual power of these objects is exemplified within this mask, which vividly preserves a living and expressive appearance.
Not on view