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Although Coyolxauhqui (the moon deity) was the sister of Huitzilopochtli (sun and war deity), she was opposed to him from before his birth. In revenge, Huitzilopochtli dismembered, decapitated and threw her down the mythical Coatepec mountain. This is a representation of Coyolxauhqui's severed head, lying at the food of Coatepec.

Head of the deity Coyolxauhqui
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Mexico City
80 x 85 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara