Head of Old God (Huehueteotl)On Display

Artists usually depicted the heavily lined face of Huehueteotl (“Old God”) as nearly toothless. Many Mesoamerican groups, including the Veracruz, Aztec, and Zapotec, honored him. They considered this household deity the god of fire and the guardian of the hearth, and archaeologists discover representations most often in residences rather than in temples.

  • 600 - 900
  • 8 x 7 x 5 in. (20.3 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm)
  • 2001.122
  • Gift of Rita Judge Smith
  • Dr. Donald J. Judge; Birmingham Museum of Art