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The main attributes of Huitzilopochtli were a helmet in the form of a hummingbird head; a turquoise or fire serpent called xiuhcoatl, his magic weapon, in one hand; in the other, a shield with five feather ornaments; and a ritual paper flag complements his attributes. This image comes from the Codex Borbonicus. Huitzilopochtli was not represented as the other gods. In fact in the excavations of the Templo Mayor, in spite of the importance of this god, not a single figure in his image has been found, although there are objects related to him.
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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