Standard Bearer


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This figure with a plumed feather headdress (indicating high status) was a sentinel of the type that stood at the top of a temple staircase in Tenochtitlán (present-day Mexico City), the great capital city of the Aztecs. He once held something with a shaft in his right hand, perhaps a ceremonial weapon. Also missing are shell or precious stone inlays that would have decorated the entire face, not just the eyes.

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  • Title: Standard Bearer
  • Date Created: 1300-1520
  • Physical Dimensions: h90.2 cm
  • Type: sculptures
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: basalt, shell
  • Provenance: French Consul, Mexico City (?) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Mexico
  • ExhibitionHistory: World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972
  • Artist: Aztec