Aztec ceramic head. Pre-Columbian - Mexico, c. 1400 - 1500 AD. Depicted with eyes, mouth and ears/earspools, wearing a wide headdress. Rich red fabric.
The Aztecs arrived in Mesoamerica around the beginning of the 13th century. From their magnificent capital city, Tenochtitlan, the Aztecs emerged as the dominant force in central Mexico, developing an intricate social, political, religious and commercial organization that brought many of the region's city-states under their control by the 15th century. Invaders led by the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes overthrew the Aztecs by force and captured Tenochtitlan in 1521, bringing an end to Mesoamerica's last great native civilization.
Condition: Some surface abrasion, otherwise intact. No repairs.
Dimensions: W. 34mm approx.
Provenance: Formerly the property of a Derbyshire gentlemen, acquired in Tehran in 1975 (see old antiquities collection label photo), this will be supplied to buyer.