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Mexica (Aztec) elite warriors commonly belonged to one of two orders: that of the Jaguar Warriors and that of the Eagle Warriors. The representation we have here shows the head of one of these warriors, wearing the full-sized eagle helmet that identified him as a member of the latter order.

Head of a warrior of the order of the eagles
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Texcoco, State of Mexico
Volcanic tuff
32 x 30 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara