Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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reproduction figure of Coatlicue
  • Robert H. Kingman
  • reproduction figure of Coatlicue, late 1900s–1984
  • Where object was made: Topeka, Kansas, United States
  • stone, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 10.5 x 6 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Betty W. Alderson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6328
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Description
Inscriptions/Signature

The standing figure is identified as Coatlicue, the Aztec mother goddess. She appears to be wearing an elaborate mask. The two small circles at the top are probably the eyes. There is a large "X" below with clusters of ridges and grooves around both the "X" and the eyes, probably indicating feathers or texture. There is a human skull near the waist, above the short skirt-like garment which reveals the figure's legs. It has a rectangular base and is light brown with dark veining.