Coyolxauhui Stone Head

The commonalities between the symbolism present in this stone head of Coyolxauhqui and the monumental stone relief are numerous. Primarily, the symbols present in the headdress: perhaps alluding to the cult goddess Chantico[i], who also wore a headdress of Mexican marigolds, this stone monument depicts Coyolxauhqui's head, adorned with Marigolds, balls of down in her hair, symbolizing sacrifice and death. This also emphasizes her important lineage as the daughter of Coatlicue.

 

[i] Klein, Cecelia F. "WIld Women in Colonial Mexico: An Encounter of European and Aztec Concepts of Other." Reframing the Renaissance: Visual Culture in Europe and Latin America, 1450-1650. Ed. Claire J. Farago. New Haven: Yale UP, 1995.