Aztec



Codex Borgia
Thirty-three feet long, the Codex Borgia records historical, ritual, mythological, and botanical information.

Codex Borgia






The turquoise, shell and other materials used on this mask were collected from the far reaches of the Aztec empire.

Mosaic mask of Tezcatlipoca


Snakes shedding their skin was a powerful metaphor for the Aztecs and is reflected in their pantheon of gods.

Double-headed serpent




This vessel represents the goggle-eyed deity associated with rain and crops, critical for the agricultural Aztecs.

Tlaloc vessel


Coyolxauhqui Monolith
The family drama that lead to Coyolxuahqui’s dismemberment represented here has great soap opera potential.

Coyolxauhqui Monolith


Feathered headdress
The Mexica were long-distance traders, and Tenochtitlan received luxury goods from distant conquered cities.

Aztec feathered headdress





This goddess has clawed feet, and wears a necklace of body parts and the snake-skirt from which she takes her name.

Coatlicue