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Mixtec jade breastplate representing the Bat God. "One of the most important offerings, discovered as of yet, was placed near base of the eastern temple of Building H in Monte Alban. The offering consisted of five skeletons of young adults accompanied by various jade objects: necklaces, flower-shaped earflares and breastplates. Also included were pearls and a great variety of marine species. One of the skeletons was adorned with a spectacular mask - forming a breastplate - fashioned from 25 pieces of jade. The mask shows an idealized form of a bat's face with eyes and teeth made of seashell. This image of the god Piquete Ziña is represented as covering a human face. Three slate plates hang from the mask, which is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of Zapotec art."


This page is from the Gymnosperm Database
URL: http://www.conifers.org/topics/mex/050220-15.htm
Edited by Christopher J. Earle
Last modified on 16-Apr-2005