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Seated mother with eighty-seven children

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Description: Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past
In the silence of the night, hundreds of candles burn by the graves and the rows of baskets that have been laid out with white cloths covering the offerings of holiday bread; everything about is sprinkled with orange marigold petals (see fig. 1). Small wooden altars also stand by the low mounds, each decked with bread, dried ears of maize, and the bright pungent flowers. The village women sit in vigil, wrapped in dark shawls and the red or black folds of their woolen skirts. Their only movements …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago
Related print edition pages: pp.107-135

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