The private collection of Laura MacGregor is now housed in the Soumaya Museum. After the museum was first inaugurated, the institution was presented with some ivory pieces, including some depictions of Christ. In 2012, MacGregor donated her entire collection to the museum.
The sculptures are amazingly intricate—though they’re also controversial, given the devastating effect the ivory trade has on wildlife. Look at the collection, and you’ll see a Chinese puzzle ball. These “devil’s work balls” nested inside each other, making for a very tricky puzzle to solve. There’s also a piece made in 1960 during Mao’s communist China that shows an industrial scene, complete with Soviet trucks carrying wood to a sawmill.
|National Museum of Anthropology Murals||2019||2.5km||site_ao|
|‘Las Razas y La Cultura’ Mural||2019||2.5km||site_ao|
|Flowers & Gardens Spring Festival||2019||1.5km||site_ao|
|Death Mask of Pakal the Great||2019||2.5km||site_ao|
|Mask of the Bat God||2019||2.5km||site_ao|
|The Turquoise-Studded Skull of a Long-Dead Aztec Man||2019||2.5km||site_ao|
|Monolith of Tlaloc||2019||2.5km||site_ao|
|Disk of Death||2018||2.5km||site_ao|
|The Jaguar Cuauhxicalli||2018||2.5km||site_ao|
|Luis Barragán House and Studio||2004||2.6km||site_whs|
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