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Incense burner with Tlaloc attributes
65.4 × 41.5 × 39.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
El Chanal, Colima, West Mexico, Mexico
Accession Number
Pre-Columbian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Nigel Morgan, Founder Benefactor, 2002
© Public Domain
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Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
These large cylindrical censers would have been used during rituals in which priests would burn incense to commune with the gods. Both of these incensarios have many typical attributes of Tlaloc the god of rain and lightning. These include large projecting cylindrical eyes, the large upturned nose, which became increasingly diagnostic of the deity in Post Classic Mesoamerica, and upturned canine teeth associated with the jaguar attributes of the deity’s origins.