Chalchiuhtlicue, Teotihuacán, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Ciudad de México, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, twelve

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

8 March 2012

The Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) in Mexico City contains one of the finest and largest collections of ancient art, archaeological and anthropological artifacts from what is now present-day Mexico. Among the artifacts is this 1200- to 1700-year old stone statue representing the Aztec goddess of lakes and rivers. The associated caption in Spanish and English are:

Escultura monolítica que representa a la diosa Chalchiuhtlicue, consorte o análoga del dios Tláloc. Es la diosa de las aguas horizontales: lagos, lagunas, y ríos que recorren o se asientan en la tierra. Va ataviada con un tocado de banda doble, orejeras discoidales, collar, y pulsera. Viste un quechquémitl, falda, y sandallas. Se le asocia con la agricultura, las semeteras y la fertilidad.

Procede del frente de la Pirámide de la Luna, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacán. Época Clásica, 300-800 d.C.


(Translation via DeepL)

Monolithic sculpture representing Aztec goddess Chalchiuhtlicue (“she of the jade skirt”), consort or relative of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc. Chalchiuhtlicue is the goddess of horizontal waters: seas, lakes, lagoons, and rivers which run on or settle in the ground. She wears a headdress with a double band, disk-like earrings, necklace, and bracelet; a quechquémitl (shawl), skirt, and sandals. She is associated with agriculture, seedbeds, and fertility.

The sculpture was located at the front of the Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacán Archaeological Zone; dated to the period from 300 to 800 AD/CE.

The pre-colonial Teotihuacán site was built between 1st and 7th centuries AD/CE; for its vast cultural importance in Mesoamerica, the location was recognized in 1987 as UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Juan Teotihuacán is located about 50 km northeast from Mexico City.

I made the image above at Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Antropología on 8 Mar 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/25-sec, f/3.5, ISO800, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to EN and ND for making my visit to Mexico City possible. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lI4.

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