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Aztec stone lizard sculpture

Lizard, dense volcanic rock, Aztec/Mexica,1300-1521 CE, length 65.5 cms., Musée du Quai Branly, Paris.

According to the notes of Guillermo Dupaix in 1806, this sculpture was sealed onto the facade of an ancient stone hostel at Xochimilco, on the royal route leading to the Mexican capital. This shows that at the start of the 16th century, it was still quite common to exhibit objects inherited from earlier civilisations not just in urban but also in rural environments.
The creature is resting yet in an alert position. Every feature of the lizard has been sculpted with exceptional realism and attention to detail.

Adapted from Azteques: La Collection de Sculptures du Musée du Quai Branly, by Leonardo López Luján and Marie-France Fauvet-Berthelot, 2005, p.153.

Photo by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore.