Storm or rain god

This is a representation of the rain or storm god, who is found throughout Central America. The blue represents water but the goggle eyes and fangs are the storm god’s motifs. He is associated with fertility and is known by many names such as Tlaloc and Chak.

Object Summary

Museum Number 80/1931/85
Simple Name ceramic
Full Name incensario head
Common Name storm or rain god
Production country Mexico
Material terracotta; pigment
Period classification Gulf Coast Classic Period 300 - 900AD (Central America)
Collection class Religion and magic
Collection continent America
Collection area/region CENT
Production county Veracruz
Production continent Latin America and the Caribbean
Function name religion
Function detail Acquired by Rev. Francis Julian Dyson when he sailed around the world between 1885 and 1889.