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Funerary urn with the representation of Tezcatlipoca, also known as the "Smoking Mirror." In this beautiful funerary urn, he can be seen with his principal attribute: a mirror emitting smoke in place of one of his feet. Framed by a feathered serpent, the god is armed for war with his spearthrower or atlatl in one hand and darts in the other. He wears a headdress with long feathers, a pectoral, and bracelets at the wrists and anklets. In addition to incinerated bone remains, the urn contained a necklace made of obsidian beads fashioned into duck heads , which is exhibited around the urn. Obsidian is one of the materials related to Tezcatlipoca, therefore it is not unusual that the collar is made precisely of this material. Furthermore, this type of necklace is typically associated with urns containing cremated human remains.
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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