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The archaeological site of Cantona, Puebla, Mexico.

Known for the sculptured “Portrait Stelae” the Honduran Mayan ruins at Copan portray some of the finest examples of this Maya Mesoamerican art form. “Temple 16” is the highest structure in this ancient Mayan temple archeological site  http://twitter.com/ChichenItzaBob

Known for the sculptured Portrait Stelae the Honduran Mayan ruins at Copan portray some of the finest examples of this Maya Mesoamerican art form. Temple 16 is the highest structure in this ancient Mayan temple archeological site.

Pre-Columbian Art / Gold Pendant of a Lobster - FJ.6160  Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area  Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD

Pre-Columbian Art / Gold Pendant of a Lobster - Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area Circa: 500 CE to 1550 CE

Mouth Mask, 100 BC-AD 700 Peru, South Coast, Nasca style (100 BC-AD 700)  hammered gold alloy

Peru, South Coast, Nasca style BC-AD hammered gold alloy, Overall: 14 x cm x 7 in.

Jaina Skull Holder Maya. Jaina. clay. Seated Figure in the form of a container. It has been suggested, it may be a holder for a skull.  © Justin Kerr

Seated Figure in the form of a container. It has been suggested, it may be a holder for a skull. The Face of Ancient America p.

Tairona Gold Pectoral of a Shaman - FJ.6205  Origin: Colombia  Circa: 600 AD to 1600 AD  Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 5.25" (13.3cm) wide  Catalogue: V23  Collection: Pre-Columbian  Medium: Gold

Tairona Gold Pectoral of a Shaman - Origin: Colombia Circa: 600 AD to 1600 AD Dimensions: high x wide Catalogue: Collection: Pre-Columbian Medium: Gold

The Olmecs may be said to have practically discovered the secret of carving jade and worked it to a perfection which no other people would achieve in the history of Mesoamerica. We don’t know that much about the Olmecs, but we know they treasured the blue jade, saving it for their finest carvings. It supposedly represented the sky, water, the breath of life-many things.

The Olmecs may be said to have practically discovered the secret of carving jade and worked it to a perfection which no other people would achieve in the history of Mesoamerica. We don’t know that much about the Olmecs, but we know they treasured the blue jade, saving it for their finest carvings. It supposedly represented the sky, water, the breath of life-many things.

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