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This very elaborate vessel in the shape of an anthropomorphic head has been interpreted as the Mixtec equivalent of the Mexica deity Xochipilli-Macuilxóchitl, the patron of flowers.

Anthropomorphic vessel
Post-Classic (900-1521 A.D.)
State of Oaxaca
Clay with orange, red, black, yellow, white and blue piegments
29.3 x 24 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara