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Toci

1989
96.8 x 60.1 cm (38 1/8 x 23 11/16 in.)

Michael Amescua (Morenci, Arizona, 1945 - , Morenci, Arizona) Primary

Medium and Support: Screenprint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.282

Michael Amescua studied anthropology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he focused on myth and rituals of the ancient Americas. For Self Help Graphics, he produced a series of prints representing Mesoamerican mythical figures. The Aztecs considered Toci to be the mother of the gods. Here she is depicted as a pregnant female figure wearing a deer headdress and a lacy garment, a suggestion of the somehow sinful quality of Toci, who also shares some aspects with Tlazolteotl, goddess of fertility, sin, and filth.

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