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The deity sculpted here has his whole body covered with flowers and other vegetal elements. He is Xochipilli, the Mexica patron of flowers, of dance and of music. His pose is dynamic, yet relaxed, as he sits on a profusely decorated altar. This is easily one of the most beautiful renderings of the human figure from Aztec times.

Sculpture of Xochipilli
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Tlalmanalco, State of Mexico
Volcanic tuff
115 x 53 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara