Tlaloc / 2009

Tlaloc, sometimes referred to as Atonal, was the god of falling water (rain) and belonged to the most important deities of the Aztec tribe. The monumental, sternly depicted figure of the god is striding forward, gazing upwards towards the sky.

A sanctuary dedicated to Tlaloc was located at the top of the Main Temple pyramid in Tenochtitlan, right next to the sanctuary of the most important Aztec god, Huitzilopochtli. The Aztecs offered Tlaloc enormous quantities of human sacrifices, and during celebrations in his honor, they would purify themselves in steam baths.

The god cared for the drowned, the sick suffering from edema, gout, and skin diseases. Those who suffered from such conditions were destined for Tlaloc in the afterlife, and therefore, they were buried directly into the ground, not cremated, as was the custom of the time.

330 cm

Sandstone from Horice, stainless steel

Western Town Boskovice, Czech Republic