Water god Xipe Totec

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Museums replica| polymer cast| hand-made | height 15.5 cm

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Water god Xipe Totec

Ancient American rainmaker. The Aztecs knew that the force of gods, the energy of nature were not inexhaustible. With terrible human sacrifices, one tried to renew vital forces - better sacrifice one human being than an entire people. Xipe Totec, translated as "The Lord, of us, the Oppressed", was the god of spring and vegetation. Actually, a friendly deity, although those sacrificed to him were skinned, and he wore their skins as symbol of renewal. Original: Aztec Museum, México City. Aztec culture area, 14th - 16th century, polymer ars mundi museum replica, hand-cast; Height with base 15.5 cm.

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Collective term for all casting processes that ars mundi carries out with the help of specialized art foundries.

Cast stone
Equivalent of artificial marble, with the difference that the substitute stone in powder form is used instead of marble powder.

Cold cast bronze
Bronze powder bound by a polymer. By special polishing and patination techniques the surface of the casting gets a look that corresponds to the bronze.

ARA wooden copy
In order to guarantee absolute fidelity to the original, an artificially manufactured imitation wood is used as a base material which has typical wood characteristics: density, workability, color and surface structure.

Ceramic casting
As a rule castable clay is used in ceramic casting, which then is fired and possibly glazed. Plaster molds are often used instead of the usual rubber molds in ceramic casting and in porcelain production.

Bronze casting
In this case, the thousand-year-old lost-wax technique is used. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

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Lost-wax casting technique

The mold is usually taken directly from the original, so that the replica reproduces even the finest details. After casting the replica, using the most appropriate method, the surface is polished, patinated, gilded or painted according to the original.

A replica of ars mundi is a recognizable image of the original.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

Indian tribe, that penetrated into the central highlands of Mexico at the beginning of the millennium A.D. and founded the city of Tenochtitlán in 1325. Through diplomacy, alliances and trade they spread their dominion further and further. It stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to southern Mexico and Guatemala.

Typical of the Aztec art are the monumental stone sculptures, only a few of which have survived. The 25-ton stone calendar, 3.6 meters (12 feet) in diameter is famous for its representation of the world age and the earth god Tlaltecuhtli.

The Aztecs were particularly skilled in the production of masks and shields of turquoise, mother-of-pearl, jet and conch shell.