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General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 22 Jul 2014/10 Flint
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Aztec mother-child artefacts, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Aztec high-chair?

This collection of mother-child related artefacts in the Sala Mexica (Aztecs Hall) of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City shows traditional baby-carrying baskets... (Written/compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

... and standing in the background what appears to be a high-chair! We certainly know that the Aztecs made and used chairs - the most famous being the icpalli or ‘throne’ reserved for emperors and guests of high honour. This appears to be evidence for the other extreme: a seat for a very young child to join the family at meal time. And why not? What do you think? Add your own comments to this page (click below)...

Read much more about traditional ways to carry a young child in our feature on the baby-basket (follow link below).

Photo by Ana Laura Landa/Mexicolore

The baby basket

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Mexicolore replies: Furniture as we know it was, in Aztec homes, decidedly sparse! Most used the reed mat petate that they slept on at night as (folded up and placed on a low mound of earth) a seat during the day. There is some evidence for the use of (low) tables and, occasionally, (legless) wooden chairs, though this type of seating, known as icpalli, was generally restricted to nobles and rulers...
Mexicolore replies: Great minds think alike! Thank you very much for this interesting observation comparing Old and New Worlds...