Tlaloc vessel

Tlaloc vessel, c. 1440-70, found Templo Mayor, Tenochtitlan, ceramic (Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City)


Terms and key ideas

  • the importance of Tlaloc in Mexica culture
  • the color known as Maya blue
  • Tlaloc’s basic iconography and connection to water
  • offerings associated with the Templo Mayor

Smarthistory images for teaching and learning:

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Additional resources:

Tenochtitlan: Templo Mayor on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

The Aztecs and the making of colonial Mexico (from the Newberry Library)

Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, "Tlaloc vessel," in Smarthistory, February 21, 2017, accessed December 5, 2023,