Coyolxauhqui Monolith

Coyolxauhqui Monolith, c. 1500, volcanic stone, Aztec, found at Templo Mayor, Tenochtitlan, excavated 1978 (Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City)

Key terms and concepts:

  • Mexica (Aztecs)
  • Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan
  • Huitzilopochtli
  • gender messages
  • mythology and myth of Coatepec (Snake Mountain)
  • Panquetzaliztli and monthly feasts/rituals

Additional resource:

Aztecs: Monumental Sculpture

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, "Coyolxauhqui Monolith," in Smarthistory, August 10, 2015, accessed June 9, 2023,