Incan Mural Unveiled

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The Smithsonian unveils a large mural showing an Inca surgeon cutting open the skull of a living patient in the ancient city of Machu Pichu, high in the Peruvian Andes. The 7 by 12 foot mural, painted by Alton S. Tobey of New York, is put in the new Hall of Physical Anthropology, located in the National Museum of Natural History.


  • Tobey, Alton S (Alton Stanley) 1914-2005
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Physical Anthropology
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," March, 1966.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


February 28, 1966


  • Mural painting and decoration
  • History of medicine
  • Physical anthropology
  • Incas



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