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An image of Citlalicue?

ORIGINAL QUESTION received from - and thanks to - Sitlail: Hi I have been searching and searching for an image of Citlalicue. I was wondering if you are able to help me. I have many books about the Aztecs and I have yet to find anything. The reason I am looking is because I want this as a tattoo for me and my mother. (Answered by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

Citlalicue (Click on image to enlarge)

Scholars believe that this goddess, with her skirt resembling a clear turquoise-blue sky with tiny stars embroidered on it is Tonacacíhuatl, Our Lady of Sustenance, consort of the Lord of Sustenance, mother of gods and grandmother of the first humans. Her name means ‘She With Skirt of Stars’, or ‘Lady of the Luminous Starry Skirt’. She represents the night sky full of stars - in other words, the Milky Way. She is the female aspect of the greatest of all deities, Ometeotl (god and goddess of duality, from whom all other gods were descended). Her name is also sometimes written as ‘Citlalinicue’.

Citlalicue (Click on image to enlarge)

The images shown here are the only ones given of her in the aptly named Enciclopedia Gráfica del México Antiguo: Los Dioses Supremos by Salvador Mateos Higuera (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, Mexico City, 1992). The images are taken from the Codex Borbonicus and the Codex Aubin. As you’re looking for ‘clear’ sources of imagery for a tattoo, we’re uploading these rather than going back to the original manuscripts. Hope they help: let us know if and when you create your tattoos...!

Our thanks to Gael Ollivier for these illustrations
Our thanks to Gael Ollivier for these illustrations (Click on image to enlarge)
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Mexicolore replies: Fair point, Claudia, thanks for this. It’s worth noting too that there’s a very similar statue to the Coatlicue one known as Yollotlicue - this deity wears a skirt of hearts instead of snakes...
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks for this, Gael, and for the two images that you kindly sent in. We’re posting them here for others to see exactly what you’re referring to...