Aztec Stone Sculpture


A main function of the Aztec Art was to epree religious and mythical consepts to legitimise the power of the State. This artistic language spoke predominantly through the form of iconographic symbols and methaphors. For example, the image of eagle symbolized the warrior and the sunat its zenith. Images of serpents were linked to the gods Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, and thus were represented as water or fire serpents, respectively. Representations of frogs as aquatic beings were also reminiscent of Tlaloc.

Aztec sculpture was the result of a monumental synthesis of religious and cultural concepts. An important characteristic of Aztec sculpture is the abstraction of whole images that retain realistic, concrete details. Sculptures represented their myths, dreams, and illusuions of life and death. Monumentality was another important trend in Aztec sculpting. However, monumental art was not just the representation of something massive and enormous; it was the visual symbol of force, of an idea, simply executed and manifested in the relationship between dimentions.

Aztec monumentality awed and frightened the spectator and imposed manipulated impression of power that the State invested in all Aztec art.