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Data Record ID: 18
Catalogue ID: stirling_21
Published In: Stirling 1940a: 315; Stirling 1943b: 58 and plate 44ab
Site: La Venta, Tabasco
Photographer: Richard H. Stewart
Year: 1940
Collection: M.W. Stirling collection, National Anthropological Archives
Notes: La Venta Monument 4 Matthew Stirling reported that a fragment of this colossal head, recovered while “excavating around it, was coated with a smooth-surfaced dark purplish-red paint, indicating that originally the head had been so painted.” (1943b: 58)

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