Despite the catalogue listing ("Carved Shell Trumpet" and similarity to other shell instruments (, this shell has been cut in half, so it was likely ornamental or worn as a pendant.

(Carved Shell, c. 1200-1500; Veracruz, Mexico, North America)


I know almost nothing about Mexican art and culture, so I'm curious if there's a connection between the heart eyes on this carving and the ones sometimes decorated on Día de Muertos calaveras.

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