This is an example of the skill of the artists who carved stone. This is a representation of a squash (Cucurbita pepo) done in a well-spent piece of greenstone with a polished finish. The artist achieved an unmistakable representation with simple sculptural elements of the valuable fruit that, along with corn, bean, tomato and the chili was an essential part in the Mexica diet. The lines carved in the surface of the stone give a perfect idea of the furrowed rind of the fruit and the star worked in an end represents in a very delicate way the squash flower.Arqlga. Bertina Olmedo Vera


  • Title: Calabaza
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1250/1500
  • Physical Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: h305 x d198 cm (complete)
  • Period: Posclásico Tardío (1250-1521 d.C.)
  • Ciudad de México: Mexica
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia., INAH. Proyecto de Digitalización de las Colecciones Arqueológicas del Museo Nacional de Antropología. CONACULTA-CANON-MNA.
  • External Link: http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx
  • Medium: Diorita

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