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.
- Donal Hord
- United States
- Terracotta, glazed
- 50.8 × 48.3 × 52.1 cm (20 × 19 × 20 1/2 in.)
- The Art Institute of Chicago, Works Progress Administration Allocation