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This is a sensuously carved version of the so-called "Chac Mool" motif. His finery is particularly interesting, as it includes Tlaloc-like goggles, a rich stone (jade?) necklace, composite earflares and a very ornate headdress. The vessel (cuauhxicalli) he holds on his chest appears to be carved with ornate human hearts, supporting the notion that these vessels were used for receiving the hearts of sacrificial victims. This piece probably belonged in the Tlaloc side of the Aztec Great Temple.

Recumbent stone sculpture
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Mexico City
Volcanic stone
73.6 cm. (H)
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara