Colima Tripod Incensario Depicting Tlaloc - PF.1372,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high x 6.875" (17.5cm) wide,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. The God portrayed on this incense burner is Tlaloc, the rain deity whose blessings were essential to the survival of the crops. His limbs are rendered with abstract economy to give balance to the base. He holds one hand to his large nose, as if to suggest that the smoke from the offering will reach him. His elaborate feathered headdress forms the bowl of the burner, which shows evidence of charring. In the presence of such a vessel, we feel the lingering hopes and dreams of a vanished world.
Ancient Central America & Mexico