This is the upper part of a very large terracotta statue of a specially bedecked warrior. The eagle and jaguar because of their cosmological importance were the inspiration of elite warriors who wore fathers or skins of the creatures and corresponding masks.
In workshop you can see what an eagle warrior looked like and the weapons he carried. The objective in warfare was not to kill the enemy but to capture him and use him for sacrifice to the gods. The wooden sword and club featured in the workshop photos could stun or wound the enemy but were not intended to kill. The "teeth" of the sword were of black agate as metal was not used for such things.Only gold was used for decorative and votive objects.
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Silvio1953 (145533) 2014-08-15 7:36
Ciao Klaudio, great view of fantastic sculpture , fine derails, splendid sharpnesss and winderul light, very welk done, my friend, ciao Silvio
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-08-15 9:49
This is your another image of Aztec dynasty a nice presentation. Very sharp, good composition and contrast. Well done.
with deep regards and have a nice weekend.
lestans (17168) 2014-08-15 11:12
Bellissima interessante scultura, foto fatta benissimo.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2014-08-16 4:31
I like the composition here produces a fine symmetry. The shot is lovely and sharp allowing us to see many textures in the image. The colours are lovely and natural. Nice work,
grebe1 (404) 2014-08-16 7:20
Great lighting and exposure! Too bad that the finials are clipped, but that provides the warrior some space on the left to " look". As always in photography,there are compromises needed.
Keep on clicking!
kasianowak (9329) 2014-08-16 13:12
Fascinating insight into the life and times of the Aztecs. I like the photo - the statue looks even more impressive on the dark background.
mayjayne (6258) 2014-08-16 20:18
It is not easy to take shots in a museum, but you have managed the light well here - the features and detailing are excellent.
cagla (4246) 2014-08-20 13:29
Hello again dear Klaudio, I'm so glad to be back as I was met by and dived into such an interesting serial with really valuable episodes. Tfs.
jmdias (65105) 2014-09-04 17:59
curiously I ever think this mask looks like and old Spanish helmet. very nice details of this piece, the light is perfect so enhance the beauty of these details. TFS.