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Mexica Tlalchitonatiuh

Mexica Tlalchitonatiuh (setting sun), the dead sun god
ca. 1325–1521
Probably Tenochtitlan, Mexico
6 x 41 cm
Exchange with Morris De Camp Crawford

The sun god Tonatiuh is usually represented as a young, armed, flying male surrounded by the disk of the sun. Here he appears defeated, with an arrow piercing his mouth and his heart torn out. His curly hair symbolizes the sunset. The path of the sun symbolized the journey of all life on earth, including human life.

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