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PROPERTY FROM THE PIERRE AND TANA MATISSE FOUNDATION, NEW YORK

Large AZTEC STONE altar,
ca. A.D. 1450-1521
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
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188

PROPERTY FROM THE PIERRE AND TANA MATISSE FOUNDATION, NEW YORK

Large AZTEC STONE altar,
ca. A.D. 1450-1521
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art Including Property from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

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New York

Large AZTEC STONE altar,
ca. A.D. 1450-1521

the cuauhxicalli carved with emblems of the '4 ollin' glyph on each side represented on a cloth or shield secured with cord interwoven through the top, the knotted ties extending below, with four sets of four dots flanking each of the cords.


Diameter: 16 in (40.6cm), height: 7 1/2 in (19cm)
Diameter: 16 in (40.6cm), height: 7 1/2 in (19cm)
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Provenance

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York

Catalogue Note

The unusual symmetrically opposed carved and sunk relief of the ollin symbols is a distinct feature of this ceremonial altar. The glyph ollin refers to movement, best known from the Aztec calendar stone. Cf. the cuauhxicalli in the Philadelphia Museum of Art -formerly the Arensberg Collection, (Townsend 1992: 195, fig. 14). 

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art Including Property from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

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New York