Urn Fragment

A.D. 550-900

Object

Culture

Locale

Country

Object Info

Object: urn; fragment
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1977.186

Medium/Technique

Earthenware

Credit

Museum Purchase

More Info

Dimensions

height: 24 in, 60.9600 cm; width: 14.5 in, 36.8300 cm; depth: 7 in, 17.7800 cm

Department

New World

Collection

New World-Pre-Columbian

Extended Info

Cociyo (Rain God) Urn
Zapotec
About A.D. 500–900
Mexico, Oaxaca
Earthenware
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.