Urn of the Old Fire God
The Old Fire God guarded the hearth in many parts of Mesoamerica. Here his toothless, wrinkled face grins from under his wrapped turban headdress. The Zapotecs knew him by the name Old God 2-Tiger. The figure at Yale is painted red-orange on head and torso. Instead of being attached, in customary Zapotec fashion, to the back of the torso, the urn serves as the torso, to which are joined the head and arms. Stylistically, the piece is an amalgam of the tubular arms associated with period II. The old man's bulbous nose, protruding lips and chin, and coarsely gashed wrinkles are similar to pieces believed to have been made at Teotihuacan sometime during period III–IV (A.D. 450–750).
20.5 × 13.5 cm (8 1/16 in.)
- Credit Line
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
- Accession Number
Early Classic Period
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