The obsidian monkey is one of the most attractive pieces in the Mexica Hall. Its design and finish make it an exceptional object. It is a vessel made of well polished obsidian. Upon observing the surface finish one must take into account the equipment that Mesoamerican groups had. This piece was made with different lithic-work techniques of such as percussion, pressure and, finally, polishing with the use of very fine sand and water, most likely. Mtro. Hugo García Capistrán


  • Title: Mono de obsidiana
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1250/1500
  • Physical Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: w149 x h140 x d173 cm (complete)
  • Period: Posclásico Tardío (ca 1500 d.C.)
  • Altiplano Central, Texcoco, Edo. De México: Mexica
  • Type: Vessel
  • Rights: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia., INAH. Proyecto de Digitalización de las Colecciones Arqueológicas del Museo Nacional de Antropología. CONACULTA-CANON-MNA.
  • External Link: http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx
  • Medium: Obsidiana

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