crystal skull - ROM2008_10273_1


crystal skull

Medium:quartz crystal
North America, Mexico, Oaxaca
Date: 1200-1500 AD?
Period: Late Postclassic (1200-1500 AD)?
4.5 x 6 x 4 cm
Object number: 2007.53.2
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Irene Emerson
Not on view

This crystal skull was apparently an amulet that was attached to a string by a pair holes found on each side of the skull.  Although crystals are found in ritual deposits in ancient Mesoamerica, a crystal skull has never been found in a secure archaeological context.  Stylistically, this skull fits with the Late Postclassic period, but there is a large production of skulls today for the New Age market.

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