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Christina T. Halperin, Katherine A. Faust, Rhonda Taube, and Aurore Giguet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033303

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033303.001.0001

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A Comparison of Aztec Ceramic Figurines to Copal Figurines from the Templo Mayor

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Mesoamerican Figurines

Cecelia F. Klein

Naoli Victoria Lona

University Press of Florida

The most significant and largest temple-pyramid in the Tenochtitlan or the Aztec imperial capital was a ceramic figurine. Although these ceramic figurines were easy to transport and were widely available, they have often been recovered broken from household debris in various villages. These figurines have been found in various places such as in household shrines, wall niches, and even in sweat baths. However, these figurines were excluded from Templo Mayor offerings, probably because the figurines included in such offerings were often made of copal. Copal primarily comes from trees of the species Bursera bipinnata. The resin emits a pleasant-smelling white smoke when burned, and it is often believed that this pleased the gods. This chapter attempts to examine the iconographic and historical relationship between the ceramic figurines and the copal figurines.

Keywords:   Templo Mayor, copal figurines, ceramic figurines, offerings, copal, historical relationship, iconographic relationship

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