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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

Immortal Spirits: The Pre-Columbian Afterlife

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Mask with Skull-like FeaturesMask with Skull-like Features

This mask is probably a representation of the Mesoamerican god of death. The intimidating god was typically depicted as a blood-splattered skeleton with bulging eyes and large teeth. The spiky teeth are characteristic of the Huaxtec culture, in which the practice of filing the teeth was common.

Mask with Skull-like Features
Hauxtec culture
ca. 1100–1521 C.E.
East Mexico, Gulf Coast Region
Gift of Ames Partners


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