Aztec Turquoise Shield

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Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by The British Museum
published on 29 July 2022

An Aztec (Mexica) shield of wood covered in turquoise and shell mosaic. Likely used only as a ceremonial shield. The design shows solar disks and a long, winding snake crisscrossing the shield horizontally. The shield was dedicated to the rain god Tlaloc and buried beneath the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan. 1400-1521, Mexico. (British Museum, London)

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Museum, T. B. (2022, July 29). Aztec Turquoise Shield. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16217/aztec-turquoise-shield/

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