• Culture/People:

    probably Tepaneca (Tepanec) (archaeological culture) (attributed); square hole made by the Spanish to hold a cross

  • Object name:

    Column base/support with representations of Quetzalcóatl and Tlaltecuhtli (the Earth god)

  • Date created:

    AD 1325-1521

  • Place:

    Coyoac√°n; Federal District; Mexico (inferred)

  • Media/Materials:

    Basalt, paint

  • Techniques:

    Pecked, ground, polished, painted

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Collection history unknown; formerly in the collection of Dr. Louis Capitan (1854-1929, a French physician, anthropologist, and archaeologist); purchased for MAI in 1930 in Paris, France, presumably during the sale of Dr. Capitan's estate.

  • Dimensions:

    77.5 x 29.7 cm

  • Catalog number:



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