Reconstruction of Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan
A digital reconstruction of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan as it may have appeared when it was first constructed in 200 CE. The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the ancient world. Made by NeoMam Studios and THISISRENDER...
Vase for pouring chocolate, earthenware, Belize, Late Classic Maya, Altun-Ha style. (De Young Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco)
The Tarascan Empire
A map of Mexico indicating in green the extent of the Tarascan empire in the late Post-Classic period (1350-1520 CE) and the Tarascan capital of Tzintzuntzan. Indicated in grey is the contemporary Aztec empire.
Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, Xochicalco
A detail of the pyramid platform known as the 'Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent', Xochicalco, central Mexico. The four walls of the structure have relief carvings which include large feathered serpents and they form a four-sided open enclosure...
Xolotl, Codex Fejérváry-Mayer
Drawing of the Aztec god Xolotl, playing ball. From a facsimile of the pre-Hispanic Codex Fejérváry-Mayer. Collection of the British Museum.
Temple of the Moon, Teotihuacan
The Temple of the Moon at Teotihuacan, Mexico, c. 150 CE.
Aztec Dog Effigy
Red slip effigy of a dog. Made in Colima, Mexico. Aztec culture. 100 BCE-300 CE. Collection of the Walters Art Museum.
Mayan Ocarina Depicting the Death God Ah
Ah Puch, the Mayan god of death, is often represented as having an owl's head since owls were considered symbols of death to the ancient Maya. This figurine dates to c. 600-800 CE, which coincides with the Classic Period in Mayan history...
Costa Rica, 16th century CE
Map of Costa Rica in the 16th century CE.
Mesoamerican Red Dog Effigy
In many Mesoamerican cultures, red or yellow dogs were believed to assist the dead in crossing a river to the Underworld. Earthenware effigies, like this one from Colima, Mexico, depicted these dogs. c. 100 BCE-300 CE. Associated with the...