General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 17 Oct 2017/10 Alligator
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Genuine (though the jury’s still out!)
Genuine (though the jury’s still out!)

(Left) The square chunky shape of this pumice stone hand resembles the Aztec style of stone sculpture but we’re not sure...

FAKE!
FAKE!

(Right) Given its early date this could very well be the prototype of the alabaster chess sets you can still buy in Mexico City today. The garish purple and pink dyed colours of today’s alabaster figurines must have been a later development

Genuine
Genuine

(Left) Evidently from Panuco, Veracruz, and not Aztec but very attractive

Genuine
Genuine

(Below right) Could this beautifully carved object be the disk part of an ear ornament?

FAKE!
FAKE!

(Left) The label reads ‘Nictlanteuctli, the Prince of Hell’, with toothache; and in any case the name is spelt wrong - the Aztec god of death’s name began with an ‘M’ not an ‘N’

FAKE!
FAKE!

(Right) This is supposed to be the God Quetzalcóatl. His best features are his very large feet and cheeky grin

Genuine
Genuine

(Left) A delicate, small, three-legged bowl with a painted glyph-like design in the interior. Any information welcome for this object

FAKE!
FAKE!

(Right) Apart from its being carved from local pumice stone this figure owes almost nothing in its design to its supposed Aztec origins. The face with its beard looks like it was inspired by the carvings of saints in a local Catholic church

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