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Teotihuacan Stone Head Fragment - "Old God of Fire"

Lot 0096
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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Head is a fragment of a larger figure. Expected age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, small chips and nicks to facial details and along peripheries, minor losses to nose and one ear, otherwise very good. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout.

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Teotihuacan Stone Head Fragment - "Old God of Fire"

Estimate $700 - $1,100Jan 18, 2018