Maize Goddess Chicomecoatl
Unknown Aztec Artist, Maize Goddess Chicomecoatl. Central Mexico, 1400–1519 CE. Volcanic Stone. 17.25 x 9.125 x 3 in. Museum Purchase, 1957.31
Unknown Aztec artist
Maize Goddess Chicomecoatl, 1400–1519CE
Museum Purchase, 1957.31
Chicomecoatl, or Seven Serpent, the Aztec goddess of corn and sustenance was associated with both fertility and agricultural abundance. During the annual Huey Tozozotli festival that honored the corn plant, corn cobs and maize stalks would be bundled and carried by young women to be left at the Temple of Chicomecoatl. Maize, a staple food for Central Mexico, played a prominent role in creation accounts of humans, who were thought to be made of corn dough. Chicomecoatl could, therefore, be understood as the manifestation of earth’s sustenance and of humans themselves.
Images of the corn goddess feature a tall, rectangular paper headdress known as an amacalli or paper crown, adorned with rosettes at the corners and consisting of multiple tiers and frequently depict her carrying ears of corn in her hands. Here, she holds four, two in each hand.
- “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020