Tlaltecuhtli Monolith

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Title

Tlaltecuhtli Monolith

Subject

Tlaltecuhtli, Earth Deity, pictured here on one slab of andesite stone, with typical iconographical features such as mouths at his joints, dual gender representation, and most importantly terrestrial symbolism.

Description

Recovered Aztec monolith depicting Tlaltecuhtli. As usual he's shown as confined and upset, in keeping with his celestial narrative. Torn in two by rivals, one half of his body is fated to be the source of vitality for the earth and the other for the heavens. Due to his integral influence on their survival, the Aztecs would frequently sacrifice victims on his behalf as means of placation.

Creator

N/A

Source

[no text]

Publisher

Museo Del Templo Mayor

Date

Early 16th Century

Contributor

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma

Rights

Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Relation

Earth deity, human sacrifice, gender duality, and monoliths
*refer to related Templo Mayor works*

Format

Andesite monolith, 4.19 x 3.62 meters (Height x Width)

Type

12 ton stone monolith

Identifier

Tlaltecuhtli Monolith

Coverage

This piece commissioned during the reign of Ahuizotl, as a physical representation of one of their Earth Gods. Specifically, it was stylized to communicate the Earthly confines of the deity and the sacrificial implications.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Stone Monolith

Geolocation

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Citation

N/A, “Tlaltecuhtli Monolith,” Tenochtitlan, accessed June 26, 2017, http://tenochtitlan.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/106.