Aztec. <em>Earth Monster (Cipactli)</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.399_SL1.jpg)

Earth Monster (Cipactli)


Medium: Greenstone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:15th century

Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (29.2 x 17.1 x 14 cm)


Accession Number: 37.399

Image: 37.399_SL1.jpg,

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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