Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Teotihuacan, ca. 3rd to 7th century CE. A wonderful and striking carved stone visage of Huehueteotl, the Teotihuacan "Old God of Fire." Recessed eyes, a broad brow line, and a protruding nose detail the upper half of the face, while rounded cheeks and a fanged mouth provide for a fierce expression. Semi-circular facial wrinkles denote the deity's advanced age, hence the "old god" denotation. Though primarily attributed as a creation of the Teotihuacan peoples, the story of Huehueteotl predates this and most other Pre-Columbian cultures from ancient Central Mexico. The origins of Huehueteotl might be unknown, but the finely-executed elegance of this stone example is quite evident! Comes with custom museum-quality display stand. Size: 6" H (15.2 cm); 8.5" H (21.6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Lexington, Kentucky, USA collection; ex-collection of Willian Leazer and William Swann, Dallas, Texas, USA
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