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Shell trumpet

Chupícuaro shell trumpet
AD 300–900
Chupícuaro, Guanajuato State, Mexico
Shell, stucco, pigment
11 x 15 x 24.5 cm
Exchange from Robert L. Stolper
24/2892

Chupícuaro, an archaeological site, is located in the southeastern area of the Lerma River basin in West Mexico. Although not well known for their architecture, the people of Chupícuaro are very well-known for their ceramic tradition—and for conch shell trumpets. The existence in Chupícuaro of trumpets made from Caribbean conch shells attests to widespread trade networks.

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