Seated Male Carrying Maize

Seated Male Carrying Maize

1325-1521

Stone, pigment

Overall: 31.1 x 24.1 x 30.5 cm (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 12 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1949.555

Description

This figure probably represents an Aztec deity-either Macuilxochitl or Xochipilli-whose domain was beauty, the arts, and such pleasures as gameplaying, dancing, and sex. Both names include the Aztec word for "flower," and in one hand the figure holds a cone of flowers, perhaps the blossoming crown of a cactus. For the Aztecs, flowers signified beauty, refinement, and fertility in general and sexuality in particular. The burden of maize cobs on his back also may allude to his creative energies.

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Aztec Deity
Aztec Deity
Small Scale Aztec Sculpture
Small Scale Aztec Sculpture
Cultural Context
Cultural Context
See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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