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Images from the National Museum of Anthropology-- Stone of the four glyphs This stone relief from Xochicalco measures time with the bar and dot numbering system--upper register signifies the date Four Rabbit.

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology- Stele 2 with Tláloc The god of Rain appears on this stele wearing a fantastic mask with a flower on his tongue.

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology Stele 1 with the image of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, a deity associated with Venus

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology Three stelae with symbolic elements found in Xochicalco in the Building of the Stelae Epiclassic. Basalt, about 140 cm high.

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology- bat brazier Clay. This work has parallels with Zapotec works, with whom the inhabitants of Xochicalco had trading connections.

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology-- Head of guacamaya (macaw) from Xochicalco Late Classic. Height: 55cm The people in this area worshiped this bird as a form of the sun.It is thought that this stone object was used as a score marker in the ball games toltecs

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology-- Small sculptures from Xochicalco toltecs

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology- Small sculptures from Xochicalco Toltecas

Images from the National Museum of Anthropology Copies of wall paintings from Cacaxtla This archaeological site has extraordinary mural paintings depicting the battles fought by the Olmec-Xicalanca, who built this city fortress with other groups, as well as other key events in their history. Particularly striking are the murals of the Battle and of the Bird man standing on the feathered serpent and the Jaguar knight--the two depicted here. The Bird man (center) is a young warrior

Toltec Ceremonial Plumbate Vessel Origin: Soconusco, Guatemala Circa: 1000 AD to 1200 AD Dimensions: 9.25" (23.5cm) high Collection: Pre Columbian Style: Toltec Medium: Terracotta

Toltec Plumbate Head Effigy Vessel - PF.2942 Origin: Soconusco, Guatemala Circa: 1000 AD to 1200 AD Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high x 4.125" (10.5cm) wide Collection: Pre-Columbian Medium: Plumbate

Eagle Relief [Mexico; 10th–13th century] Toltec culture

Toltec Reliefs: Eagle Mexico; Toltec, 9th-12th century

Eagle Relief, Precolumbian: Mexico; Toltec, 10th–13th century. Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Frederic E. Church, 1893 (93.27.1)

Toltec Tlaloc

Toltec Plumbate Vessel in the Form of a Hunchback, Circa: 1000 AD to 1200 AD

Custom display stand for a large Toltec carved stone architectural element.

Intricate relief carvings cover a column atop the Temple of the Warriors. Unlike the more blood-thirsty carvings found on the Coatepantli, or Wall of Snakes, at the back of the Temple of Warriors, the carvings on this column are more pacific, with flowering plant-life and some abstract designs.

Christopher contemplates colossal feet. This statue, located in Tollan's second and smaller museum, must have been huge when it towered over the mere mortals who inhabited Tollan. My friend and traveling companion Christopher stands only a little under 1.82 meters (6 ft.) in height, yet he only comes up to the knees of this colossus. As with most of the other Toltec statues I have seen, this one stands erect and at rigid attention, in a definite military posture.

Atlante pequeño in the main Tollan museum. Tollan actually has two museums, at opposite ends of the site, both worth a visit. This small but beautiful atlantean figure was probably used to support an altar in one of the temples atop the pyramids at Tollan. The figure shows a Toltec warrior-noble wearing a cotton vest and a turquoise chest piece. Atlantean figures like this are common to both Tollan and Mayan Chichen Itzá. In this second part of my Toltec series,

Toltec warriors. Ancient ruins of Tula de Allende, home of the Atlantean figures and the characteristic chacmools. In the state of Hidalgo, Mexico.

Tula - Toltecs' civilization centre (en.infoglobe.cz) Atlante

Pre-Columbian art Mexico - Pre-Columbian Toltec civilization. Stele representing the birth of Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent) from Xochicalco - Painted stone - Detail Mexica

Pre-Columbian art Mexico - Pre-Columbian Toltec civilization. Painted stone stele of the birth of Quetzalcoatl. From Xochicalco.