Aztec

Date:

c. 1937

Artist:

Donal Hord
American, 1902–1966

About this artwork

Donal Hord was a nationally renowned sculptor who frequently looked to Pre-Columbian civilizations for
inspiration. He created works in stone, terracotta, bronze, and wood that incorporate aspects of Aztecan and Mayan design and ornamentation. While working with the Works Progress Administration in the mid-1930s, Hord completed a number of public sculptures; Aztec is a replica of the head of a large diorite figure created for San Diego State University. Despite duplicating only its upper third, Hord was able to capture the power of the original sculpture through the figure’s clenched hands and somber expression.

On View

American Art, Gallery 264

Artist

Donal Hord

Title

Aztec

Origin

United States

Date

1937

Medium

Terracotta, glazed

Dimensions

50.8 × 48.3 × 52.1 cm (20 × 19 × 20 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago, Works Progress Administration Allocation

Reference Number

1943.1417

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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