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Huehueteotl (Olmec)

Olmec Huehueteotl figure, Museum of Anthropology, Xalapa

Olmec Huehueteotl sculpture, Laguna de los Cerros, Acayucan, Veracruz, 300 BCE-200 CE, Xalapa Museum of Anthropology, Mexico, 0.3m high.

This small sculpture in cream ceramic may be the earliest representation of an ancient god associated with fire, which would be worshipped widely during almost two millennia of pre-Hispanic history. In Central Mexico he would be called Old God, or God of Fire. Here, he is seated in front of a typical ceremonial brazier. He is smiling and his hands are on the brazier, as if wanting to warm them. Curiously he has only one ear hoop, and a round headdress with an asymmetric ornament. He wears bracelets, a necklace and a kind of breastplate.

From Xalapa Museum of Anthropology - a Guided Tour, text by Rubén Morante López, Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz/Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, 2004, p. 70.

Photo by Karel Baresh/Mexicolore.

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