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Aztec Hummingbird Whistling Pot
Image by James Blake Wiener

Aztec Hummingbird Whistling Pot

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...
Ishtar Gate (Artist's Impression)
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Ishtar Gate (Artist's Impression)

An artist's depiction of Ishtar Gate as it may have appeared around the time it was constructed in Babylon c. 575 BCE. From the game Old World.
Wall Painting of a Swan in the House of Fortune, Carthago Nova
Image by Carole Raddato

Wall Painting of a Swan in the House of Fortune, Carthago Nova

Roman fresco depicting a swan in the tablinum of the House of Fortune in Carthago Nova (modern-day Cartagena), a city on the southern Iberian Peninsula, Spain. The house dates to the late 1st century BCE and was occupied until the late 2nd...
Aztec Empire
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Aztec Empire

A map indicating the maximum extent of the Aztec civilization which flourished between c. 1345 and 1521 CE in what is now Mexico. The three major cities which formed the Aztec Triple Alliance were Tenochtitlan, Texcoco and Tlacopan.
Aztec Sun Stone
Image by Dennis Jarvis

Aztec Sun Stone

The Aztec Sun Stone (also known as the Calendar Stone) is a representation of the five eras of the sun from Aztec mythology. The stone was part of the architectural complex of the Temple Mayor of Tenochtitlán and dates to c. 1427 CE. The...
Quetzalcoatl
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Quetzalcoatl

An architectural sculpture from Teotihuacan of Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed-Serpent god of Mesoamerican religion and mythology. He was regarded as a creator god and a god of wind by such civilizations as the Maya and Aztecs.
K'inich Yax K'uk Mo
Image by Charles Tilford

K'inich Yax K'uk Mo

An incense burner thought to depict K'inich Yax K'uk Mo, the first Maya ruler of Copan. (Archaeological Museum of Copan, Honduras)
Tenochtitlan
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Tenochtitlan

The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, located on an island on Lake Texcoco in present-day Mexico. The capital was founded in 1345 CE and destroyed in 1521 CE.
Sacred Precinct, Tenochtitlan
Image by Steve Cadman

Sacred Precinct, Tenochtitlan

A model reconstruction of the sacred precinct of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital on Lake Texcoco. The city was founded in 1345 CE and fell to the Spanish forces led by Cortés in 1521 CE. The sacred complex was dominated by the central pyramid...
Tlaloc
Image by Alex Torres

Tlaloc

A 15th century CE vase representing the Mesoamerican god of rain, storms and agriculture Tlaloc. From the Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan. (National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City).