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This representation of the Earth deity Coatlicue is much less massive and imposing than the one found in the old Mexica capital. Nevertheless, she is readily identifiable by her diagnostic serpent skirt and clawed feet. Her head, still bearing turquoise inlays, is a skull, a reminder that everything that once lived eventually must return to the Earth.

Statue of Coatlicue
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Coxcatlán, State of Puebla
115 x 40 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara