Huastec. <em>Pectoral</em>, ca.1250–1521. Shell, 3 9/16 x 13/16 x 3 9/16 in. (9 x 2.1 x 9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 48.149. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.149_acetate_bw.jpg)



Medium: Shell

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Dimensions: 3 9/16 x 13/16 x 3 9/16 in. (9 x 2.1 x 9 cm)


Accession Number: 48.149

Image: 48.149_acetate_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Carved, circular shell pectoral decorated with four profile human skulls incised on the concave surface. The four skull motifs are arranged in a circular frieze bordered by an upper and lower band. Each skull is elaborated with an incised eye, mouth, hair, speech scroll emanating from the mouth, and an arrow entering through the eye and exiting through the nose. There is a circular hole is in the center of the piece, and the negative spaces between the skulls are also cut out. The convex side is undecorated.

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