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Cihuateteo wears some of the elements (necklace made of human hands and abundant death symbolism) usually associated with Coatlicue. Notice, however, the absence of the serpent skirt, a trait exclusive of Coatlicue. Cihuateteo wears a headband made of skulls, and she is shown kneeling on a skull altar, as befits the keeper of the Place of the Dead.

Sculpture of kneeling Cihuateteo
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Calixtlahuaca, State of Mexico
Volcanic tuff
112 x 53 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara