Not that it relates in particular to anything archaeological, but I’ve been reading John Lloyd Stephenson’s Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan and came across this little snippet last night:
At the same place he was reenforced by forty-six thousand more [warriors], adorned with plumes of different colours, and with arms of every description, the chiefs decorated with the skins of lions, tigers, and bears, as distinguishing marks of their bravery and warlike prowess.
Ha. I wonder if that was a common phrasing, a fortuitous coincidence, or perhaps MGM derived it directly? We shall probably never know. . . .