Hi! About this "life-death figure" (Mexico, Aztec) 1200-1521.... Three rows of teeth! Any insight?
Wow, great observation! I believe three rows may not have a specific meaning -- if you look closely on the human side of the face there is only one. My guess with this work is that the artist was figuring around how to depict the teeth with and without lips.
It's such a fascinating depiction with the human and skeleton faces divided right down the middle.
Ha! Probably right. Volcanic stone is tough to carve. #scultptorproblems
Absolutely! Many of our Aztec sculptural works are made from volcanic stone. They are certainly good at working with such a hard material!
Tell me about this Mexica "Life Death Figure".
This is an example of small-scale religious sculpture from the Aztec (Mexica) culture of central Mexico. The Aztecs controlled the valley of Mexico for a century before the Spanish conquered them and began colonizing the region.
The two horns on the figure's headdress may be a reference to the Templo Mayor that was crowned by two temples. The Templo Mayor was the ceremonial center of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, modern-day Mexico City.