Colima Double-Headed Effigy Incense Burner - PF.0700,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 17.5" (44.5cm) high,Catalogue: V2,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. Dual images of the rain deity Tlaloc stand back to back on this fascinating censer, his two heads enclosing the offering bowl. A pair of entwined serpents (perhaps representing the earth) slither through the headdress of the forward god. The gifts burned in this rutual object were meant to guarantee the rain necessary for survival. An air of potent mystery still pervades it, as if at any moment the sky might cloud over and the torrents begin.
Ancient Central America & Mexico