Turtle With Human Face

Aztec culture

Central America

Turtle with Human Face, 1100 - 1400 CE

  • Not On View

Jade

Dimensions: 2 1/4 × 3 3/8 × 5 3/4 in. (5.7 × 8.6 × 14.6 cm)

Gift of Barry Fitzmorris, 2011.200

Music was very important to the Aztec people, and drums were made from a variety of materials including turtle shells. This small jade sculpture represents Macuilxochitl, the Aztec god of song, dance, and games. In this unique depiction, his human head and hands emerge from a turtle's shell.

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