Aug 31, 2010
Aug 31, 2010

Butterfly Nose Ornament

Butterfly Nose Ornament


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Overall: 4.8 x 6.5 x 0.4 cm (1 7/8 x 2 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Weight: 41.38 g

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


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
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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