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Zapotec Funerary Urn, Monte Alban IIIA

Zapotec Funerary Urn, Monte Alban IIIA

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1240260

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Zapotec Funerary Urn, Monte Alban IIIA, ca. 300 - 600 CE. Seated cross-legged with hands on knees. Face of the aged Huehueteotl (the Aztec Old God, Lord of Fire and the Year) Deity with wrinkled cheeks, lips parted with two teeth showing. Piercing eyes and tall striated coiffure falling on shoulders. Wearing ear spools and thick cord necklace with symbolic pendant of a tasseled knot. Traces of reddish pigment. Cf. Boos, fig. 230, for the "companion" type. 11 1/4" high. Property a deaccession by Order of the Board of Trustees, Cincinatti Art Museum, to benefit future acquisitions. Professionally repaired from original pieces, but otherwise in very good condition. Huehuetéotl-Xiuhtecuhtli is one of the most often represented deities. His images portray an old man, with wrinkles on his face and no teeth, sitting with his legs crossed.