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Pre-Columbian Americas
Zapotec culture, Oaxaca, Mexico
Bowl in the Form of a Head
Monte Albán II, 200 B.C.–A.D. 200
Clay
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 81.32.4


This face represents an old man or a deity, perhaps one later known as the Old Fire God, who is usually depicted with a wrinkled face, or a monkey deity who was the patron of scribes, artists, musicians, and dancers.