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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 Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 750
Creation Date: 600-750
Creation Place: Mexico
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Fresco
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
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.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1963.252
AMICA Library Year: 2001
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Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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