Ancient American Collection

Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl is a basalt sculpture of an old macehualli, or man of the people. The bold facial scarification and more subtle, abstract patterns on the kneecaps, shoulder blades, and vertebrae suggest that he also represents the “Old God,” Huehueteotl
Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl
Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl
Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl is a basalt sculpture of an old macehualli, or man of the people. The bold facial scarification and more subtle, abstract patterns on the kneecaps, shoulder blades, and vertebrae suggest that he also represents the “Old God,” Huehueteotl

Seated Man, Possibly Huehueteotl

Mexico, Aztec culture
Postclassic period (900–1521)
c. 1500
Basalt
25 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 12 1/8 in. (64.1 x 38.7 x 30.8 cm)
AP 1969.19
Aztec society was militaristic and regimented, and their art and culture show a pervasive interest in ritual and the symbolism of death.

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