Tlatilco / Mask / 12th?9th century B.C.Tlatilco
12th?9th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Tlatilco
Creator Name-CRT: Tlatilco
Title: Mask
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 12th?9th century B.C.
Creation Place: Mexico
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: ceramic
Dimensions: H. 5 1/8 in.
Description: Masks in ancient Mexico came in all shapes and sizes and ranged from those that clearly depict human faces to those that appear bizarre and/or supernatural. This mask, stylistically associated with the site of Tlatilco in the Basin of Mexico, shows a twisted, simianlike face with simple, serpentine curves for ears, bulging eyesockets with crisply outlined eyelids, and exaggeratedly prominent eyebrows . While the eyes and mouth are pierced, the mask is too small to have covered the entire face. Paired holes at the temples and below the ears suggest that it could have been tied on the lower face or onto a bundle or sculpture, thereby representing a state of transformation.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1979.206.1073
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.206.1073
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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