Olmec mask.

The first known civilisation in Mexico started the long running tradition of carving life size masks carved from jadeite, nephrite and other similar stones. The famous mask of Lord Pakal from Palenque attests to the long life of this artistic tradition. The Aztecs some two thousand years later ritually buried a mask like this in the ruins of Tenochtitlan. The Olmecs flourished between 1,500 and 400 BCE, and were the product of a thousand years of cultural evolution in the region. They also invented the ritual ballgame that was to play such a central part in subsequent meso-American cultures.


Item in Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels
Image credit: Michel Wal.

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How To Get ‘Em:

1. Download the ringtones
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3. Make sure your iTunes preferences are set to automatically sync ringtones

And don’t forget to watch the new Legends of the Hidden Temple movie on Nickelodeon on Nov. 26!