Carved stone mask with deep oval eyes, arched brows, broad nose, deeply carved, slightly open mouth. Ear flanges pierced.


Teotihuacan culture, Pre-Columbian

About 700

Archaeologists have found stone masks, which may have functioned in a funerary context, at the ancient site of Teotihuacan. A major urban center in central Mexico, this civilization reached its height about 600 AD. Its 125,000 to 150,000 residents made it the sixth-largest city in the world. After it was attacked and burned around 750 AD, the site was never re-inhabited. Neither the ethnicity nor the language of the people of Teotihuacan is known.

  • Titles Funerary Mask of Xipe (Former title)
  • Artist Teotihuacan culture, Mexico, 200 BC - AD 750
  • Medium stone
  • Dimensions 6 x 7 x 3 in. (15.2 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm)
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Mrs. Gay Barna, in memory of her mother, Rose Montgomery Melhado, AFI.25.1982
  • Work Type mask
  • Classification Costume
  • On View