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Seated Male Carrying Maize

Seated Male Carrying Maize


Stone, pigment

Overall: 31.1 x 24.1 x 30.5 cm (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 12 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1949.555

Did you know?

Macuilxochitl is one of five gods of excess pleasure, and the punishment that follows.


This figure probably represents an Aztec deity-either Macuilxochitl or Xochipilli-whose domain was beauty, the arts, and such pleasures as gameplaying, dancing, and sex. Both names include the Aztec word for "flower," and in one hand the figure holds a cone of flowers, perhaps the blossoming crown of a cactus. For the Aztecs, flowers signified beauty, refinement, and fertility in general and sexuality in particular. The burden of maize cobs on his back also may allude to his creative energies.


Aztec Deity
Small Scale Aztec Sculpture
Cultural Context
See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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