Veracruz Terracotta Incencario Depicting the Fire God Huehueteotl - PF.4205 Origin: Mexico Circa: 500
AD Dimensions:18" (45.7cm) high Catalogue: V20 Collection: Pre-Columbian Medium: Terracotta
Everything about this figure burns with heated
tension. The position he is sitting in exemplifies
the ritual at hand. He is engaged in thought and
concentration to perform the task called upon.
This object d'art was an incense burner. So when
in uses the smoke would seep out the top of the
head and nose creating a very powerful presence
in deed. He is dressed in stylistic clothes. The
headdress and cloth worn around the waist are
decorated in patterns associated with this God.
The most striking feature is the expression of his
mouth. The magical movements of his pose
makes one feel that they can actually hear him
chanting a mystical prayer. This quality along
with his sloping shoulders and one exposed
breast gives this God the name it justly deserves.
He is Huehueteotl, a powerful emissary of fire
and light, the God from Mexico.