Jan 5, 2011
Jan 5, 2011
Jan 5, 2011
Jan 5, 2011
Jan 5, 2011
Jan 5, 2011

Tlaloc

Tlaloc

c. 1200-1519

Stone

Overall: 29 x 19.5 x 13.5 cm (11 7/16 x 7 11/16 x 5 5/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1966.361

Location

Description

A natural cobble of greenstone has been smoothed and carved in low relief to portray the Aztec rain god Tlaloc, recognizable by his ringed eyes, twisted nose element, and fanged mouth. As the provider of water, Tlaloc is a patron of agriculture and holds a stalk of maize in one hand. To the Aztecs, Tlaloc was an ancient and civilized god; his worship could be traced back to the ancient ruined site Teotihuacan.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Stone

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