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Mayapán: Effigy Incensario of the Old God


A number of pottery images of the Old God (a central Mexican deity associated with the Mayan rain god Chac) were found at Postclassic Maya centers  in Yucatán, including Chichén Itzá and Mayapán. Among the most notable is this terracotta effigy mask from Mayapán, now in the Museo Regional de Yucatán in Mérida.

Identifying traits of the Old God include small tusks, heavy upper eyelids, a protuberance on the forehead, and a helmet with adornos or applique ornaments.


[Fig.1: Pottery incensario from Mayapán representing the Old God (Museo Regional de Yucatán, Mérida; photo: Athena Review).]

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