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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
Edited by Christopher J. Earle
Last modified on 16-Apr-2005