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Very much in the vein of the so-called Atlantids of Tula (State of Hidalgo), this warrior figure stands in a very rigid stance, holding his weapons by the sides of his body. He is wearing disc earflares, a bar nosepiece, armbands, a very ornate maxtlatl (skirt-like loincloth) and leather strip sandals. The most Toltec-like elements in this piece are the butterfly-shaped ornaments it carries on both its forehead and chest.

Sculpture of a standing warrior
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic period (1319-1521 A.D.)
Valley of Mexico
Volcanic stone
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara