Butterfly Nose Ornament

Butterfly Nose Ornament

150-200

Part of a set. See all set records

Jadeite-albitite?

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.263.2

Description

Near Teotihuacán’s largest palace is a temple ornamented with green-feathered serpents, symbols of the earth’s fertility. Beneath the temple were at least 120 human sacrifices, most men, many warriors, and some wearing greenstone ornaments like these, perhaps a set. The sacrifices may have consecrated the temple or a ruler’s tomb, or both.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Stone

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