published on 28 November 2013
A colossal basalt statue of Coatlicue ('Serpent Skirt'), the Aztec mother-earth goddess and mother of Huitzilopochtli. The goddess is represented with a severed head replaced by two snake heads, wearing a necklace of severed hands and human hearts with a skull pendant, and a dress of entwined snakes. She also has claws on her feet and hands which she used to rip off the flesh from corpses before eating them. The statue is 3.5 m tall and dates from the late Post Classical Period of Mesoamerica, 1250-1521 CE. (National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City)
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