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Aztec Masks

All about Aztec masks!

Aztec masks were significant to the Aztecs for their spiritual meaning. They made masks for different ceremonies, for different gods, and also for the deceased to wear for the rest of eternity. They were also worn by priests during certain rituals. The most common Aztec masks were made of stone. Limestone was readily available, and many masks were made of stone. Wood was also a good material for masks. They adorned the masks with gold, jewels, and turquoise. A bundle of masks made from 100% turquoise were sent to Tenochtitlan every year from Oaxaca as a gift to the king. The masks were not only decorative, but served as ceremonial ornaments. For a ritual or ceremony preformed by a priest, they would wear a mask so that the gods might recognize them as important beings and grant them their wishes and prayers.

The Aztec art in mask making has carried through to modern day times. For example, some of the masks were decorated with mosaics and mosaics are still very popular in Mexican art today. The ancient Aztec masks that have been discovered are in museums all over the world. At the museum at Teotihuacan, you can see a lot of original masks that have been discovered in that area, as well as farther away. There are also Aztec masks in the museum of Anthropology in Mexico City DF. It is truly a sight to see these ancient artifacts in real life â€" if you ever get a chance to go and see them, you must!


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