Urn Fragment

Urn Fragment

A.D. 550-900
Culture
Zapotec
Locale
Oaxaca
Country
Mexico
urn, fragment
Earthenware
Museum Purchase
1977.186
. Urn Fragment . A.D. 550-900. Earthenware. Museum Purchase. 1977.186.
Dimensions
height: 24 in, 60.9600 cm; width: 14.5 in, 36.8300 cm; depth: 7 in, 17.7800 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Cociyo (Rain God) Urn
Zapotec
About A.D. 500–900
Mexico, Oaxaca
Earthenware
Department acquisition funds, 1977.186

Urns in the form of deities, human beings, or animals were made for deposit in tombs or offering caches.  Many portray Cociyo, the Zapotec god of lightening, thunder and rain.  Cociyo is recognizable by his distinctive face with a forked tongue, and by the rain glyph in his headdress.  Typical costume elements include a loincloth, a cape, and large ear ornaments. 

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