13485. Xantil Pottery Figural Brazier
Aztec, Eastern Nahua, ca. A.D. 1300-1521
Earthenware with red, yellow and blue pigment, depicting Xochipili, the god of art, games, beauty, dance, flowers, and song, seated with hands to knees. Size: 13-5/8 inches H. Cf. Before Cortes, fig. 263. The enlarged head is typical of the Late Postclassic International style in that it emphasizes the iconography of the face. The effigies were intended to carry the prayers of priests to the heavens. Copal incense was ignited and the effigy was set over it so that the smoke passed out of the head to animate the figure as if it were a seated noble in the act of singing or praying.