Aztec peoples / Water Goddess / 15th-early 16th centuryAztec peoples
Water Goddess
15th-early 16th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Aztec
Creator Name-CRT: Aztec peoples
Title: Water Goddess
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Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1533
Creation Date: 15th-early 16th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Basalt, pigment
Dimensions: H. 11 3/5 in. (29 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 00.5.72
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 1900

The Aztecs were a warrior people who managed to establish themselves in the great central highland Basin of Mexico in the early fourteenth century. By two hundred years later, they were the political overlords of much of the country. Aztec-style sculpture proliferated throughout central Mexico, and deity images existed in quantity at sacred places such as caves, springs, and roadside shrines. Among the deities were female fertility figures that represent Chalchihuitlicue, goddess of water and springs. The goddess is depicted here as a fine lady wearing a fancy shawl and a headdress that consists of a multistrand brow-band and large bulbous tassels falling onto the shoulders. Her eyes may originally have been inlaid. These images are quite serene and are thought to represent an ideal Aztec female type.

AMICA ID: MMA_.00.5.72
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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