Coyolxauhqui

Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by Dennis Jarvis
published on 06 February 2016

The 3.2m diameter stone disk which depicts the decapitated and dismembered corpse of Coyolxauhqui. According to Aztec mythology the war god Huitzilopochtli chopped up the goddess when she tried to lead a rebellion against the gods. Her head then became the Moon. From the foot of the Templo Mayor in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Probably carved during the reign of Axayacatl, c 1473 CE. (Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City)

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