Teotihuacan Old God Brazier Ex Sotheby’s

300 AD to 600 AD

6″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide

An incredibly rare Teotihuacan stone brazier in the shape of Huehueteotl, the old god. This brazier was used to burn incense during elaborate ceremonies. The top receptacle still shows remnants of incense.

The cross-legged aged figure sits with hands cupped and deep furrows on his face which represent the Old Fire God.

This piece is incredibly rate due to its small size as most of these types were much larger. It’s also THE ONLY known example with a square brazier. All of the other examples are round.

Ex Phillip Smith collection

Ex Sotheby’s, Wednesday, November 18, 1987 sale. Lot 170

As with the majority of these delicate stone vessels, this one has been repaired from a few pieces with restoration over the break lines. No new material added. 


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