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Stone goddess sculpture

Provincial Aztec style sculpture portraying a seated female deity, perhaps a water deity. A small recepticle in her chest and one between her legs were used for offerings made during religious rites.

Provenance

1950, sold by Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, to Portland Art Museum; June 1999, sold by Bonham's and Butterfields Auctioneers, lot 2202, to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; sold by Lands Beyond Gallery to Hy Zaret; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret

Aztec, Late Postclassic period, 1428–1532

Object Place

Central Highlands, Mexico

Dimensions

Overall: 43.18 cm (17 in.)

Accession Number

2008.182

Medium or Technique

Basalt

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture