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Pre-Columbian Americas
Veracruz, Cerro de las Mesas, Mexico
Vessel in the Form of the Head of the Old Fire God
Early Classic period, A.D. 300–600
Clay
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 77.93


In Pre-Columbian iconography, this combination of wrinkled face, nearly toothless mouth, and large earspools is usually associated with the Old Fire God, who is often called by his Aztec name, Huehuetéotl, which means "old, old deity."