General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 28 Feb 2021/5 Monkey
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Figure in the Mexican Gallery, British Museum

The British Museum, London

The British Museum’s Mexican Gallery opened in 1992.

Chalchiuthlicue wearing a quechquémitl
Chalchiuthlicue wearing a quechquémitl

Maya and Aztec cultures are well represented in the British Museum’s collections, which include (in the Mexican Gallery) a Mixtec codex, life-size stone sculptures, carved lintels from the Maya city of Yaxchilan and a famous collection of Mixtec-Aztec turquoise mosaics.


Unique pieces in the Mexican Gallery to look out for include: Quetzalcóatl’s famous ‘butterfly’ turquoise mosaic mask (shown), a real Aztec sacrificial knife, the deerskin Codex Nuttall (replica), a stone coiled rattle snake, three wooden teponaztlis (tongue drums), and a stone fire serpent pointing up at the sky (representing lightning) at the entrance.

Mexicolore have and continue to run many workshop sessions for schools and families within the BM over the last 15 years and more.

The double-headed serpent figure may have represented twins
The double-headed serpent figure may have represented twins

For a brief guide to some of the resources available online from the BM on the Aztecs, go to our main Aztec Links pages (link below).

Mexicolore’s Aztec Links page

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