Detail View: The AMICA Library: Mural Fragment

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1963.252
AMICA Library Year: 
2001
Object Type: 
Paintings
Creator Nationality: 
North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Teotihuacán
Creator Name-CRT: 
Mexico, Teotihuacan, Tlacuilapaxco Structure, 7th-8th Century
Title: 
Mural Fragment
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
600-750
Creation Start Date: 
600
Creation End Date: 
750
Materials and Techniques: 
fresco
Creation Place: 
Mexico
Dimensions: 
Overall: 83.2cm x 116.2cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1963.252
Credit Line: 
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Rights: 
Context: 
Frescoes adorned portico walls in many of Teotihuacan's apartment compounds. Once part of a larger procession, the profile figure wears an elaborate costume, with an animal-head helmet, sprays of long plumes, and jewelry. One hand holds an incense bag and the other pours an offering. A large scroll decorated with symbols of preciousness emanates from the mouth, indicating chanting or song. To either side of the figure is a rectangular bundled object, into which cut maguey leaves are thrust. This plant was used in ancient times to produce pulque, a sacred intoxicant; tequila is made from it today. The sharp spines of the maguey plant were also used to pierce the skin for sacrificial bloodletting.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1963.252.tif