"Viztlipuztli idolum Mexicanorum", Montanus, Arnoldus
Period: 1671 (published)
Color: Hand Color
13.4 x 10.8 inches
34 x 27.4 cm
A fabulous copper engraving of Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war standing on an altar receiving offerings. This is an imaginative European depiction of an Aztec shrine with the deity depicted as half-man and half-beast with a face in its belly. Pagan gods were of considerable interest to Europeans, and much information was sent to the Old World despite Spanish attempts to eradicate the religions.