An urban center with an estimated population of over 125, 000 in AD 600, Teotihuacan, which lies about twenty-five miles northeast of Mexico City, was the sixth largest city in the world at that time. In terms of visual expression, Teotihuacan’s grandest achievement was its architecture; but this figure, a rare type in the Teotihuacan corpus, is a beautiful example on a more intimate scale that conveys the core Teotihuacan values of simplicity and understatement. Carved from stone and austere in form and decoration, the figure reflects the self-sacrifice, organization, and even rigidity that were characteristic of the great metropolis of Teotihuacan.
Teotihuacan culture, Mexico
Classic period, 200–650
H. 10 ½ in. (26.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 76.8