Lid of the Sarcophagus of Palenque

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Lid of the Sarcophagus of Palenque

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Museum Replica | Art Casting | Handmade | Reduction | Format 49 x 27 cm | Suspension Device

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Lid of the Sarcophagus of Palenque

Original: stone, around 600 A.D., Museo de Ruinas, Palenque. Replica, ready to hang, reduction, 49 x 27 cm.

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An art work that is cut in from a stone or wooden surface, not modeled in the round.

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