114: A Pre-Columbian Aztec Stone Figure Wearing Tlaloc
An impressive Aztec carved stone figure measuring nearly 13" tall. This sculpture dates to circa 1300 A.D. – 1500 A.D., and shows a seated figure wearing a mask on his head depicting the face of Tlaloc- the ancient Aztec deity associated with lightning, thunder and rain.
Provenance: Former Colorado, USA reputable dealer. This piece is from the old collection of Dr. Allen Heflin, who reportedly found and collected this piece in Xico, Mexico mid 20th century (pre-1970). The Aztec site of Xico was once an island city in the lakes surrounding the ancient Aztec capitol. There remains a white collection mark on the back of the figure penned by Heflin stating the site where it was found.
This lot will be sold not subject to a reserve. The starting price is the price at which the item can sell.
Intact overall, with expert professional repair/restoration to only a small section on the chin of the mask (about a 2" slender section on the chin of the mask, on the figure's right side). Otherwise, the rest of the figure is in original condition with no repairs. Minor loss/chipping at the nose, ear, one side of the shoulder/neck, etc. likely from shovel/trowel damage when excavated. Remnants of original white pigment/stucco remain overall. Mineral and sediment stains are present, mostly around the base of the figure.