In ancient Mesoamerica, architectural stonework was
as remarkable as smaller stone carvings that represented deities,
warriors, and priests. The great masters of modern Mexico
carry on this stonework tradition, creating fountains, columns,
and pots for gardens, balconies, and large rooms.
Artists use a variety of stone, including alabaster, freestone,
granite, onyx, and obsidian. Volcanic rock is also used to
make reproductions of ancient Mesoamerican art, ashtrays,
toys, and miniatures. The basic tools used are the rock itself
and a chisel. Finishing includes polishing the pieces with
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