Cociyo (Rain God) Urn
About A.D. 500–900
Department acquisition funds, 1977.186
Urns in the form of deities, human beings, or animals were made for deposit in tombs or offering caches. Many portray Cociyo, the Zapotec god of lightening, thunder and rain. Cociyo is recognizable by his distinctive face with a forked tongue, and by the rain glyph in his headdress. Typical costume elements include a loincloth, a cape, and large ear ornaments.