Gold-silver-copper alloy (cast)
Overall: 11.2 x 6.1 cm (4 7/16 x 2 3/8 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1984.37
The elite status of this warrior, who holds a dartthrower, darts, and a shield, is revealed by the gold from which he is made as well as his jewelry and sandals. Military accomplishment was prized by the Aztecs, whose imperial expansion was fueled by ambition as well as their belief that they were chosen to uphold cosmic order through war. The purpose of the chest cavity is unclear; the figurine may have been worn as a pendant.
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