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The Aztec World
CHICAGO • The Field Museum • Ongoing
|The Field has gathered nearly 300 artifacts including monumental works in stone, colorful ceramics, and intricate jewelry made of precious metals from Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology, the Templo Mayor Museum, The Field Museum, and other museums in the United States and Mexico. |
In just 200 years (between 1325 and 1521) the Aztecs grew from a nomadic group to one of the most powerful and influential societies ever developed, leaving behind a powerful legacy.
The journey begins on the bountiful shores of Lake Texcoco and moves to the heart of Tenochtitlan, the complex, radiant capital of the Aztec world. On view are the deities, temples, and sacrificial altars of Aztec religion. Also documented are the training, weapons and celebrations of Aztec warriors as well as the privileges, treasures, and responsibilities of Aztec rulers. Objects crafted from precious metals, ceramic, obsidian, greenstone and other materials provide a perspective on Aztec art, science, trade, cosmology, and religious rituals.
The Aztec World is organized so that visitors move from the periphery to the city center, passing farms and houses of artisans, merchants and warriors, before entering the splendor of the central temple district surrounded by the palaces of the ruling elite.
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