Aztec Hummingbird Whistling Pot

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Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 12 December 2018

The Aztec civilization of ancient Mesoamerica believed that dead warriors were reincarnated as hummingbirds or butterflies. These whistling pots often included such birds, and they were considered spiritual conduits. This fine specimen dates to c. 1350-1500 CE, and it was made in what is present-day Mexico. (The Department of Anthropology and Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.)


About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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APA Style

Wiener, J. B. (2018, December 12). Aztec Hummingbird Whistling Pot. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/9708/

Chicago Style

Wiener, James B. "Aztec Hummingbird Whistling Pot." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 12, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image/9708/.

MLA Style

Wiener, James B. "Aztec Hummingbird Whistling Pot." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 12 Dec 2018. Web. 24 Apr 2019.

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