Location City: Mexico City

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

Tlaloc vessel

Offering #4, La Venta
These seventeen baby-faced figures may have represented a priestly ritual, a sacrifice, or a procession.

Offering #4, La Venta

This was buried in an offering at an Aztec temple, some 1500 years later and far from where it was made.

Olmec mask

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

Coyolxauhqui Monolith

Virgin of Guadalupe
The Virgin miraculously appeared to a Nahua man in 1531, and has since been the object of intense devotion.

Virgin of Guadalupe

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


A Mayan ruler in ritual dress, Stela 51, Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico, 731 C.E.,(Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico D.F.)
Large stone sculptures was the principal medium for presenting Maya political and religious messages to the public.

Classic Maya portrait stelae

Playful figurines, including plump pigs and canine companions, represent scenes of daily life and nature.

Tlatilco Figurines