Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nov 2012: When I saw the Mexica Sun Stone

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So this is how the landscape looked like

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Having a bit of a meditation?

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In a narrow passageway, they explain how they play the ball game

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And here is the ball in question, made out of hard rubber.

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Some of the goal posts

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They really liked their skulls didnt they?

I turn into the Mexica gallery, perhaps the biggest gallery in the museum

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I tell you, this exhibit rates at one of the best pieces I have seen around the world

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I turn right.

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So much to see and so little time.

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The only familiar complaint, most of the exhibits had a Spanish explanatory plaque. Not fun :(

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This is the monument of Tizoc. For sacrificial stone..wow. The central channel is for draining away the blood.

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An eagle warrior

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This display got me all excited

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what you use to carve out the chest and cut off the head and various other cutting bits.

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They even have a very convenient diagram showing how the various bits were carved out…

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Stone containers? carved to an inch of its life

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More sacrificial stones..wow

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Then came something that I drooled and drooled over, these are glyph books..what extraordinary work..this is even better than Egyptian Hieroglyphics…

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A grasshopper?

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More beautiful statues…

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A representation of a temple

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With this beautiful statue in front. This pose seems to be quite common, saw quite a lot of statues like this.

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Stuff found in graves

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How ancient Mexico city looked

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And on the wall is a display of how it looked…beautiful

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And a totty…

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What they traded

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Ah! I remember this mask, what a beautiful work of art

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Another glyph book, exquisite work…

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The sun stone, but I will be back to it

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More stuff…


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This is the explanation of the Stone of the Sun.

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Amazing work..

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I turn towards the sun stone

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such a complex beast

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Worshipping the sun, amazing how many cultures worshipped the sun, ranging from the Native Americans, Egyptians, Zimbabwe, Ancient Indians, you name it..

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In front of the sun stone, there is a bewildering profusion of beautiful statues/…

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Looking back at the sunstone.

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More death faces

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Another sacrificial stone

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More extraordinary objects. this is a feathered serpent..


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And another one…

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A funerary statue…

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This was a beautiful sight…a lovely lovely box with a deity inside.

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Hmmm, a frog?

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Those are seriously lifelike busts..

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Worshipping the maguey…the cactus plant..

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Worshipping the corn plant

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More obsidian glass work..

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A rather dusty diorama in the back..

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A monkey with a snake?

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Couple of pillars?

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This was so strange..

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Another funerary statue

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Another beautiful book, how wonderful…i was misting up the glass while having my nose pressed against the glass..

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A base of a pillar?

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Obsidian art

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This fan? was beautiful. hundreds of years old and the feathers are bright and extraordinarily vivid in their colouration.

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quetzal feather head dress, my photo does not capture the beauty of this.

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Is this supposed to be a lion?

Here is the slideshow if you wanted to see more photographs of this lovely gallery as I pop out to the next one.