An important Seated deity
gray volcanic basalt
circa 14th-15th century CE
In very fine condition; intact, and with some possible old restoration to one flange of headdress. Deep and old mineral and soil deposits, overall
Provenance: Old Houston TX private collection of BG Malone, collected between 1963-1969 and here in USA prior to 1970
NOTE: The large paper bow shape located at the nape of the neck indicates this seated male figure is of noble ancestry and is a deity of water and fertility. The top of the head is a hollow container to receive offerings. The circular diadems which decorate the crown refer to preciousness. His hands are held up to his mouth and it appears he is drinking from something. There is a small, deep cavity in the figure's chest which was surely once inlaid with some other material. His simple loincloth is tied with a bow in front. "Sculptures like this one were found in 26 of the over 120 offerings excavated on the site of the Templo Mayor in Mexico City, most near the Tlaloc building, in which gods of representing contrary but complementary elements, such as fire and water, were united." Eduardo Matos Moctezuma in AZTECS 2002 Royal Academy of Arts, London, Abrams publication, p. 461, figures 244-246...
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