Rich in mythology and art, the Aztec civilization dominated central Mexico during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. This handsome volume contains 42 pages of authentic Aztec designs derived from ceramics, statues, altars, shields, books, and other priceless artifacts. Gods, rulers, warriors, slaves, animals, and activities both secular and sacred are brilliantly rendered by Wilson G. Turner, a skilled artist/archaeologist and a specialist in pre-Columbian archaeology. Brief captions identify each image.
Artists, designers, and illustrators will find in Aztec Designs a wealth of ideas and inspiration for a myriad of projects. Colorists will enjoy adding their own conceptions of color to these ancient motifs.
About the Author
A scholar of ancient Mesoamerican cultures and pre-Columbian art, artist Wilson G. Turner is the author of Dover's Aztec Design Coloring Book and Maya Design.
Table of ContentsAhuitzotl altar ball-court marker
Bimilek vase brazier
Codex Vaticanus B
Coyolxauhqui coyote death eye death god drum, slit eagle
Earth earth monster
Ehecatl fertility goddess
Flower Prince fresco heart
Huitzilopochtli hummingbird god
Lady Precious Green
Montezuma moon moon goddess
Oaxaca olin bowl
Quetzalcoatl rabbit rattlesnake sacrifice sculpture serpent, feathered sex shield, feathered shield, war skull
Smoking Mirror snake, red sun
water goddess wind god writing, Aztec