AZ11 Aztec Captain with Xolotl Head Standard
John Jenkins AZ11 Aztec Captain with Xolotl Head Standard
The “tlahuiztli” was a tight fitting body suit constructed of woven cotton and then decorated with a variety of patterns and designs in feathers. It had an open back that could be tied up with ribbons.
Captains and high ranking units wore various back ornaments, constructed of bark paper, cloth and feathers. They were secured to a cane back rack which in turn was ties across the chest with leather
he Aztec Empire flourished between c. 1345 and 1521 and, at its greatest extent, covered most of northern Mesoamerica. Aztec warriors were able to dominate their neighbouring states and permit rulers such as Motecuhzoma II to impose Aztec ideals and religion across Mexico. Highly accomplished in agriculture and trade, the last of the great Mesoamerican civilizations was also noted for its art and architecture which ranks amongst the finest ever produced on the continent.
The mighty Aztec warrior priests were not only important figures in society but also fearsome warriors who were more than capable of wielding a macuahuitl with deadly intent on the battlefield. In normal life Aztec priests would be responsible for many tasks and often occupied high positions in society. They would be the life and blood of the Aztec religion, but also worked in government, created calenders, and were the primary record keepers. In addition they would teach in the schools and warrior training structures like the Calmecac and the Telpochocalli.
As a warrior priest however their role was different, they would fight alongside the Aztec warriors blow for blow. The warrior priests were armed with weaponry capable of inflicting severe injury, and they were protected with armour and shields and were more than capable of holding their ground.
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