A Cuahxicalli- A Nahuatl word meaning "Eagle Vessel"
This sculpture depicts a golden eagle, poised ready to attack. The bowl on its back identifies the object as a cuauhxicalli or ‘eagle vessel’, a container used for sacrificial offerings. The sculpture can be viewed at Museo Templo Mayor in Mexico City.
Unknown Aztec Sculpture
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and Felipe Solis Olguin, eds. Aztecs, (London: Royal Academy, 2003).
Stone sculpture: 76 x 82 x 139 cm
This an Aztec cuahxicalli that would have been used for the collection of hearts after a sacrifice. This particular cuahxicalli would have been found in Templo Mayor in Mexico City.
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Unknown Aztec Sculpture , “Eagle Cuauhxicalli ,” Tenochtitlan, accessed April 17, 2021, http://tenochtitlan.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/85.