Teotihuacan Old God Brazier

300 AD to 600 AD

6″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide

An incredibly rare Teotihuacan stone brazier in the shape of Huehueteotl. This brazier was used to burn incense during elaborate ceremonies. The top receptacle still shows remnants of burnt 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 unusual due to its small size, as most of these were much larger. It’s also THE ONLY known example with a square top. All of the other examples are round.

Ex Phillip Smith collection

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


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