16.8 x 14.1 x 4.5 cm (6 5/8 x 5 9/16 x 1 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood with turquoise, black stone, shell, and mother of pearl
Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)
Human mask carved from a light weight wood and covered with tiny pieces of turquoise and black stone. The mouth is slightly open, revealing a row of upper teeth made from white shell. The eyes are made of mother-of-pearl, the pupils of which are indicated by circular holes cut through the shell. A small hole drilled through the right temple allowed for tying on the mask (the left edge of the mask does not survive).