Modeled head of Old God (Huehueteotl) with sagging cheeks, wrinkled brow, drooping eyelids, prominent ears, open mouth with missing front teeth, protruding tongue.

Head of Old God (Huehueteotl)

Veracruz culture, Pre-Columbian

600 - 900

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.