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Tlaloc collected water in jars, as if they were wombs full of vital liquid. This polychrome ceramic vessel displays the most characteristic iconographic traits of this deity, which have been described above. He wears large rectangular earplugs with a pendant at the center, and a headdress with white projections, which seem to represent hills, where the god collected water. The color blue, present throughout almost the entire vase, is an attribute of water and in particular of this god. On its interior are mother of pearl shells and green stone beads, symbols of precious water.
Last Modified: January 14, 1998.
Museo del Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e História, México.
Seminario #8, Centro Histórico. Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F. 06060
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