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Alfred Percival Maudslay
Moulding the Great Turtle, 1883
Pitt Rivers Museum
This photograph, which was published in Alfred Maudslay’s Archaeology, shows his assistant Lorenzo Giuntini working in the hot and humid conditions of Quirigua, preparing a piece-mould of Zoomorph P. The plaster of Paris mould, which in this case comprised over six hundred individual pieces, could afterwards be reassembled away from the site to enable a reproduction cast of the enormous stone carving to be made.