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This beautiful pot, painted originally in blue, has attached a polychrome mask that represents Tláloc, god of the rain. The god’s face is formed with two serpents that coil around the eyes, go down to form the nose and join their heads on the mouth showing their long fangs. This design is represented several times in a very simplified way most of the times. To complete the attire, it has square earflaps and a band headdress tied with a rolled rope, the piece is finished with a bow in the back of the head that stands out on both sides of the head, which according to the chronicles, it was made of paper. In the Nahua worldview, Tláloc personified the water stored inside the mounts that were considered to be big containers full of the vital liquid; his servants, called tlaloques, filled their jars with this water to make it rain.Arqlga. Bertina Olmedo Vera

Details

  • Title: Olla Tláloc
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1325/1521
  • Physical Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: w247 x h270 x d277 cm (complete)
  • Period: Posclásico Tardío (1250-1521 d.C.)
  • Altiplano Central: Mexica
  • Type: Vessel
  • 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: Arcilla

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