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Two Masterpieces of Middle American Bone Sculpture

  • Keith A. Dixon (a1)

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Two magnificent works of art, in the form of carved human bones, have recently been discovered in archaeological excavations in southernmost Mexico. The sculptures are noteworthy for several reasons.

First, they are in themselves masterful works of craftsmanship. Few bone carvings approaching these in composition or technique have ever been found in Middle America. Second, works of art of such quality have not until now been reported from this region of central Chiapas in southern Mexico, an area just beginning to be known archaeologically.

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Two Masterpieces of Middle American Bone Sculpture

  • Keith A. Dixon (a1)

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