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Prehispanic mask of 3 ages

Prehispanic Aztec mask of 3 ages

Mask of 3 ages Clay, probably Aztec, height 18 cm., c. 1300. Collection Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Three faces of fired clay, representing the cycle of life and death, from ancient Mexico. An old toothless man, shown in two halves, encloses the young man in the middle. The divided face of a corpse frames both.