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At the height of Mayan civilization, body modification included a variety of alterations of the teeth. Teeth were sharpened to points, or into the letter "T" to represent the wind-glyph, and green jade was inlaid to "purify breath or express elegant speech." Other minerals inserted into teeth included iron pyrites, hematite, turquoise, quartz, serpentine, and cinnabar.

At the height of Mayan civilization, body modification included a variety of alterations of the teeth. Teeth were sharpened to points, or into the letter "T" to represent the wind-glyph, and green jade was inlaid to "purify breath or express elegant speech." Other minerals inserted into teeth included iron pyrites, hematite, turquoise, quartz, serpentine, and cinnabar.

MAN SCRUBS A GIANT CARVED LAVA HEAD WHILE A WOMAN WATCHES, photo by Richard Hewitt Stewart

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MAN SCRUBS A GIANT CARVED LAVA HEAD WHILE A WOMAN WATCHES, photo by Richard Hewitt Stewart

Turquoise Mask (Máscara de turquesa), Mexico, Aztec-Mixtec(c.325-1521) Wood, turquoise, jadeite, shell, mother-of-pearl, coral Museo Nazionale Preistorico-Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini,” Florence

Turquoise Mask (Máscara de turquesa), Mexico, Aztec-Mixtec(c.325-1521) Wood, turquoise, jadeite, shell, mother-of-pearl, coral Museo Nazionale Preistorico-Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini,” Florence

Turquoise mosaic mask  Turquoise mosaic mask. Mexica/Mixtec, c1500-1521. via www.britishmuseum.org

Turquoise mosaic mask Turquoise mosaic mask. Mexica/Mixtec, c1500-1521. via www.britishmuseum.org

Tumi: cuchillo sacrificial con el héroe Ñaymlap (Perú) Autor: Fecha: 1100-1440 Museo: Características: Estilo: Material: Oro

Tumi: cuchillo sacrificial con el héroe Ñaymlap (Perú) Autor: Fecha: 1100-1440 Museo: Características: Estilo: Material: Oro

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