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Gray volcanic stone with red pigment
Overall: 37.5 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm (14 3/4 x 8 x 9 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.136
The Aztecs associated the number 5 with excess: there were five gods of pleasure, one named “Five Flower.”
The crested headdress with tassels suggests that this youthful, seated male is Macuilxochitl (Five Flower), an Aztec supernatural patron of many forms of pleasure, among them music, dance, feasting, games, and sex. His cult was popular among common people, and this effigy probably was created for use in a small neighborhood temple. The stone surface could have been plastered and then brightly painted.
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