22 oct - Prior to the emergence of the Aztec as the...

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Mosaic Skull (c. 1400-1521) Mixteca-Puebla Mexico, Western Oaxaca or Puebla human skull with turquoise jadeite and shell overlay 6 ½” x 6” x 8” Prior to the emergence of the Aztec as the predominant power in Mesoamerica, a number of different cultures, varying in their artistic practices by region, rose and fell. Many spiritual and artistic traditions were absorbed into Aztec culture as part of their campaigns of conquest. The general term to describe these various societies is “Mixteca-Puebla” – a general term used in the first half of the 20 th century to describe pre-Aztec civilization.
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We found a large number of books in these [Indian] characters and, as they contained nothing in which there were not to be seen superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction. – Bishop Diego de Landa, Relación de las cosas de Yucatán Artist Unknown “A View of the World” from Codex Fejervary-Mayer (c. 1400-1520) paint on animal hide each page 6 7/8” x 6 7/8” for a total length of 13’ 3”
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