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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Yoke with Skeletal Face and Knotted Serpent

A.D. 600–900

Volcanic rock, basalt? (with Contemporary carving?)

41.3 × 38.4 cm (16 1/4 × 15 1/8 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
Mexico, Gulf Coast
Late Classic Period

Alfred Stendahl (1915–2010), Los Angeles, to 1956; Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1973 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 77, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 315, ill.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 71, 236–37, no. 109, roll out drawing on page 237, fig. 58.

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