Art: The Faces of America

What the archeologists don't know about pre-Spanish America dims about 20 centuries of history. Much of what they do know has been dug up with scraps of Mayan, Toltec and Aztec sculpture. Last week a few of the existing clues to the Western Hemisphere's rich, mysterious cultural past were on display in Mexico City.

The Sociedad de Arte Moderno had lovingly collected 330 examples of native Mexican sculpture, mounted them in a dazzling exhibit. The show was loosely called Mascaras Mexicanas (Mexican Masks) — but along with the religious, ceremonial and dance masks was a colorful assortment of sculptured heads...

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