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Xiuhtecuhtli ("Lord of Fire") was one of several appellatives of the Sun. Here we have him as the young and powerful Lord of Fire, wearing a sun-ray cloak, one of his identifying attributes. The surviving shell and obsidian inlays that complete his eyes and teeth give him a very lively appearance.

Statute of Xiuhtecuhtli
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Coxcatlán, State of Puebla
111 x 36 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara