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Damien Hirst’s diamond encrusted Skull & Jeweled Skulls in Archaeology

This mask is believed to represent the god Tezcatlipoca, one of the Aztec creator gods. He was also the god of rulers, warriors and sorcerers. His name can be translated as ‘Smoking Mirror’. In fact, in many depictions during the Postclassic period (A.D. 900/1000-1521) his foot is replaced by a mirror.

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5 thoughts on “The Skull of the Smoking Mirror”

  1. very nice photograph! I find this story very interesting. thanks for posting!

  2. This is really gross because I did an Aztec project and there were these really gross bloody sacrifices that I’m not even going to write about. It sometimes gives me nightmares. Gives me the creeps.

  3. Hailey,
    don’t be a baby. Blood sacrifices were common in nearly every religion back then. It’s just how things were done. The gods demand blood.

  4. jef baker said:

    Excellent quality shot ,I am searching for line drawings, heiroglyphic style illustrations (as seen in numerous codex) of mayan- aztec dieties and rituals.
    Formost that of the Quetzacoatl, additionally a design that I have seen before of Tezcatlipoca appearing as though in a space helmet …(the smoking mirror ?)

  5. I HOPE THE AZTECS GET YOU IN YOUR SLEEP said:

    Hailey,

    You are absolutely retarded. Maybe if you were well educated and cultured enough, you could learn how to understand and respect other people’s beliefs. Go back to school and make something of yourself other than a future gold digger. Please.

    Remember, boys will LIKE a dumb girl, but a MAN will LOVE a smart woman.

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