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Earth Monster (Cipactli)

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Greenstone
DATES 15th century
DIMENSIONS 11 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (29.2 x 17.1 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
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CAPTION Aztec. Earth Monster (Cipactli), 15th century. Greenstone, 11 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (29.2 x 17.1 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 37.399. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 37.399_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION An irregular boulder of greenstone. On one end, the carved face of an earth monster (Cipactli) with bared teeth, round goggle eyes on top of its head, feathers, and jade beads is represented. The back and sides are also carved with symbols that include the figure of Xuihcoatl or the Turquoise Serpent.
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