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Offering 17 contains many objects that were the booty of war and tribute, as well as the skulls of victims decapitated in Templo Mayor consecration rituals. Generally speaking, this offering was the representation of the universe on a human scale. For example, marine objects, such as coral, alluded to the aquatic underworld and the swordfish snout was the surface of the earth. Sacrificial knives, decapitated skulls and braziers decorated with a knot refer to Huitzilopochtli. Presiding over the offering were the images of Huehueteotl-Xiuhtecuhtli and Tlaloc.
Last Modified: January 14, 1998.
Museo del Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e História, México.
Seminario #8, Centro Histórico. Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F. 06060
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