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Sun Stone, Aztec, Late Postclassic.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Cardinal Directions of the Aztec
 
Associated color
Associated god
North
Black
Tezcatlipoca
West
White
Quetzalcoatl
South
Blue
Huitzilopochtli
East
Red
Xipe-Totec

 

 

Five Ages
 
Sun
Start Date
End Date
Name
Cataclysm
1st
20,238 BC
16,230 BC
4 Tiger
Devoured by jaguars
2nd
16,230 BC
12,220 BC
4 Wind
Great winds
3rd
12,220 BC
8139 BC
4 Rain
Fiery rain
4th
8139 BC
3113 BC
4 Water
Floods
5th
3113 BC
2012 AD
4 Movement
Earthquake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagle Warrior
"Discovered in the House of Eagles at the north end of the Templo Mayor archaeological site in 1980. The House of Eagles was used by the Aztec elite for meditation, prayer, and autosacrifice—an act performed to propitiate the deities of the earth and maintain cosmic order. This sculpture was one of two that flanked the main door of the temple that were perched atop banquettes bearing images of warriors in procession marching toward a zacatapayolli, or grass ball into which the instruments of autosacrifice were inserted." LACMA
Installation of the Eagle Warrior at LACMA
Eagle Warrior, Aztec, Late Postclassic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tezcatlipoca, Aztec, Late Postclassic.
Wooden Mask encrusted with turquoise mosaic and shell, Aztec, Late Postclassic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceremonial Knife, Aztec, 1350 - 1521.
Gold Pectoral, Mixtec, Monte Alban Tomb 7, Late Postclassic.