Location Country: Mexico


This ivory sculpture of Jesus traveled between three continents, demonstrating the global flow of materials, objects, and Christianity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Christ Crucified, a Hispano-Philippine ivory






While Chichén Itzá was occupied by the Maya during the Post-Classic Period (c. 900–1519 C.E.) in what we call Mesoamerica, the city was invaded by the Toltec of Tula from Central Mexico around 1000 C.E.

Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo), Chichén Itzá


The goal of the eagle warrior was to capture the greatest number of captives, who would then be sacrificed to the Mexica gods. All warriors rose in rank according to the number of captives they acquired.

Eagle Warrior (Mexica)













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