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Terracotta Roller Seal - PF.1905
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Sometimes a small artifact, part of daily life, held and used by vanished hands, puts us in intimate touch with the world that created it. Roller seals were used throughout a large part of Ancient America to create patterned body paint or to decorate cloth. Dipped in pigment, these seals were rolled over the surface to form a repeated design. This charming little example depicts an abstract monkey with a curved tail, surrounded by geometric patterns. As we gaze upon its elegant simplicity, we share our pleasure with those whose life it ornamented centuries ago. - (PF.1905)


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