HISTORY MAYAN AZTEC SCULPTURAL WALL RELIEF Plaque 15.5"
Object information "Aztec Calendar Stone (Humboldt Collection)"
The Aztec sun god Tonatiuh sits enthroned in the middle of the calendar stone.
He wears rich feather headdresses on his head and his weapons in his hands, such as two spears pointing downwards.
The Aztecs were constantly afraid that the sun would no longer rise, and accordingly tried to soothe Tonatiuh with human sacrifices.
The disc is used to determine astronomical events, which can be carried out with complicated calculations using the points and double dashes in the surrounding rings.
Alexander von Humboldt brought the precious object from his research trip to Berlin in 1799–1805.
The museum made a reproduction as an art archive.
The original has been lost since the Second World War.
Location: Ethnological Museum of the State Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage (lost)
Inventory no.: IV about 215
**LAST PHOTO IS THE ORIGINAL*** included for reference only
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