Mexico Displays Artifact Collection

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico has put on display part of the largest
private collection of archaeological artifacts ever donated to the
government.

The full set of 8,100 pieces range in size from quarter-ton
statues of the god Quetzalcoatl to tiny figurines.

The pre-Hispanic relics belonged to American dentist Milton
Leoff, who settled in Mexico and began collecting artifacts from
the Aztec, Olmec, Mayan and other cultures in the 1930s.

A 1972 law set limits on private collections, but allowed
collectors to keep their pieces if they registered them with the
government.

Mexico's archaeology agency said Leoff's widow, Nadine Vinot,
donated the pieces on the condition they be kept together. They
went on display Tuesday at the Xochicalco archaeological site.


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