Home > Art > Aztec (Mexica)/Mixtec Mask of Rain God Tlaloc with Drill Holes at Bottom to Attach Beard
About the Object
This mask of Tlaloc, the Aztec (Mexica) god of rain, is carved from green jadeite, which was long associated with fertility throughout Mesoamerica. This representation likely incorporates an earlier style depicting a transformation between human and jaguar that was believed to provide the wearer with great spiritual power.
Tlaloc, in one form or another, was present in many cultures throughout the area including the Olmec, Maya, and Mixtec. This representation is heavily influenced by the earlier Mixtec culture and can be identified by the large eyes, beard, and crown.