The sculpture depicts the moment when Coatlicue conceived Huitzilopochtli from a ball of down, her other children plotted to kill her.
The moon goddess Coyolxauhqui was destroyed by his half-brothers as he emerged from his mother's body.
Coatlicue did not survive the encounter.
A pair of serpents, symbols of blood, rise from her neck as she is decapitated in this sculpture.
Her teeth are her eyes.
A necklace of human hands, hearts, and a skull hangs around her stump of a neck.
The statue's massive form creates an impression of solidity, and the entire sculpture leans forward, looming over the viewer.
The colors that it was originally painted in would have made it more dramatic.
The height is 8'6'' (2.65 m).
The five key directions are north, south, east, west and center.
The four cardinal direc to Cortes are thought to be the one listed in the inventory tions, each associated with a specific color, a deity, and a treasure that was shipped to Charles V, the Habsburg tree with a bird in its branches.
The emperor in Spain was traced by 260 dots.
The path around the central figure refers to 260 ries of Mesoamerican art, but very few of them survive the 20 day sign.
The feathers on the head of the calendar are distributed throughout the picture.
The feathers were gathered in small bunches, reinforced with reed tubes, and then sewn to the frame in overlap of The Inca Empire layers.
They were esteemed artists.
One of the largest states in the world at the beginning of the 16th century was the Inca Empire.
The encom books were accordion-pleated so that they could be passed from one side of South America to the other, without being bound on one side of Europe.
A book could Empire, its rise was rapid and its destruction abrupt.
At its center was their capital, which could also be opened next to one another at the same time.
There are feathers and gold on a fiber frame.
This work from the Aztec Empire has been in Europe since the 16th century and is thought to have been sent or taken back across the Atlantic by someone connected with the Spanish army in 1519.
The headdress was the subject of a collaborative study by the museums of Vienna and Mexico City.
In the fifteenth foot, using llamas as pack animals.
Stairways allowed them to expand quickly, negotiate steep mountain slopes, and rope suspend most of their vast domain through con bridges.
A day's journey apart was used to hold this linguistically and ethnically diverse.
The farthest reaches of the empire relied on religion, an efficient bureaucracy, and the ruler system of runners to communicate with the people.
Gifts were provided by the state through local leaders.
Men might serve in the army, cultivate state lands, or rule the empire from the capital of great splendor, Cusco.
The urban plan was calledy on public works projects, for example, while women wove cloth as shape of a puma, its head the fortress.
The giant plaza at the center of town is where inca writing took the form of complex knotted and its belly.
It was the symbolic census, history, poetry, and astronomy.
The removed from it varied in size.
One of the main roads in the north and south of the city was a showcase of the finest stonework from the Inka empire, which can still be seen in the city today.
Travelers journeyed on "Inca Masonry"
The Art of the Americas after 1300 Doors, windows, and niches were narrower at the top than the bottom.
At almost 8,000 feet above sea level, it straddles a ridge between two peaks in the eastern slopes of the Andes and looks down on the Urubamba River.
terraces around central plazas and narrow agricultural terraces descend into the valley are some of the Stone buildings that lack only their thatched roofs.
The court might have left.
The very shape of individu retreat may have been where important diplomatic negotiations and ceremonial feasts took place.
The way tural planning is done is an excellent example of architec ally worked stones conveying a sense of power.
The frames of the walls and plazas are expressed in the social order.
In contrast to the pendous vistas of the surrounding landscape and carefully massive walls, the inca buildings had gabled, thatched roofs.
Working with the simplest of tools-- heavy stone in which the individual blocks formed a seamless whole.
In Cusco, the entire empire, terraces for growing crops, and the Inca Empire have all survived earthquakes.
Great effort was made to destroy later structures.