Mesoamerica, extending from modern-day Mexico to Honduras, is represented in the collection by remarkable carvings in jade and greenstone from the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, and Aztec cultures. Ball-game implements from the Classic Veracruz culture, as well as heavy stone statuary and colorful ceramics from the Maya and Teotihuacan cultures, attest to the vibrant ceremonial and political engagements of Classic Period societies. Other items include delicate ornaments of shell, stone, and gold that functioned as objects of personal adornment and ritual significance.

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