As always, it is highly recommended to tap twice on photos to see enlarged versions of these compressed photos in each gallery to appreciate the details of each photo. Some of the photos are for visual purposes only to give a flavor to the depth and beauty of the Mexican cultural precedents and only basic descriptions are provided for referencing item only. If you are interested in a particular item’s history and period in which it was created, please send me a comment and I would be happy to provide that information to you.
Photos above, top to bottom, left to right:
1. Eagle sculpture.
4. Layout of Temple to the Moon. The Temple to the Sun faces West, but was formerly a temple worshipping the rain in Teotihuacan culture.
5. Sample of original colors of painted plaster used.
6. Burial face mask crusted with turquoise mosaics.
7. Footed drinking vessels
8. Reclining God with bracelets, headdress, and ear ornaments
9. The site of Teonochtitlan, the site of current day Mexico City. Tenochtitlan was built over this ancient site, and the current day City Cathedral is built over the island shown. The lakes that surrounded the island were filled in before the arrival of the Spaniards. It explains its problem with pollution in MC as it sits in a basin surrounded by mountains.For more information, go to http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenochtitlan.
2. Sun Calendar: Shortly after the Spanish Conquest, the monolithic sculpture was buried in the Zócalo, or main square of Mexico City. It was rediscovered in 1790 during repairs on the Mexico City Cathedral.
3. Stone animal sculpture
4. Painted Base/Frieze
5. Decoration and Colors Used on Aztec
6. Stone Symbol with skull indicating Worship of the Dead