Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
This sculpture probably represents the god of hunting and warfare, Mixcoatl-Camaxtle (Cloud Serpent), from the pantheon of Huastec and Mexica (Aztec) deities who created and maintained the world. His beaded necklace with human hearts and belt of skulls reinforce the association with war and death. The nose rod indicates his warrior status, and he holds a hunting bag in his left hand.
Mixcoatl—who is identified by the conical headdress with two eagle feathers suspended from an eagle-down ball at the back of his head—also brought fire to humankind.
13th or 14th century
65 3/16 x 14 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (165.6 x 37.5 x 19.1 cm) (show scale)
Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Huastec. Warrior Figure, 13th or 14th century. Sandstone, 65 3/16 x 14 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (165.6 x 37.5 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 39.371. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.371_bw.jpg)
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