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Miguel Covarrubias in Life Magazine 1939
Miguel Covarrubias in Life Magazine 1939

Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) was a Mexican artist and anthropologist who made his name as a caricaturist, illustrator, and stage designer in New York in the 1920s, and later as an ethnologist and archaeologist in Mexico in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

In 1947 he was commissioned by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (then known as the Viking Fund) to design the Viking Fund Medal. The medal was awarde