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Mayan Monkey-Head Rattle - PF.0615
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high
Catalogue: V2
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This powerful, grinning monkey-head rattle is presented as a trophy head, an emblem of conquest over one's enemies. What made the ancient Maya treat the apes as a vanquished foe? Was it merely that they destroyed the crops, or was it because they acted like a dark mirror, reflecting man's more primitive nature? - (PF.0615)


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