Aztec calendar medium

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Ceramic replica of the Aztec calendar or sun stone. The original weighed 25 tons and had a diameter of 3.6 metres and was originally placed halfway up one of the Aztec pyramids. The spanish destroyed the pyramids and so the calendar was buried and only rediscovered in 1760. The figure in the centre is Tonatiuh, the sun god, whose survival depended on the blood of human sacrifice. Around him are carved the days, months and cosmological periods representing the whole Aztec universe. Hand made in Mexico.