La Piedra del Sol: Calendario Azteca

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Author: Matos Moctezuma, Eduardo (1940- )

Year: 1992

Publisher: Encuadernacon Suari

Place: Mexico City


137 pages (unpaginated) with black and white and color plates, facsimiles, 6 plastic calender overlays, appendix, bibliography and index. Square folio (12" x 12") bound in grey cloth with silver lettering to spine and blind stamped with title in rectangular box to cover. Photographs by Salvador Guil'liem Arroyo. Forewords by Carols Salinas de Gortari and Maria Terresa Franco. First edition.

Momentous work on the Aztec calendar stone with new interpretations by this leading scholar on the subject. Included is a review of the most relevant studies about the symbols and iconography contained in the Piedra del Sol, and a comparison of it's history with that of La Coatlicue, another important monolith of the Mexican culture, that was also unearthed in 1790.

The Aztec calendar stone, is a large monolithic sculpture that was excavated in the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City, on December 17, 1790. It was discovered while Mexico City Cathedral was being repaired. The stone is approximately 12 feet across and weighs approximately 24 tons. Despite being known as a "calendar stone," modern archaeologists such as those at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, where the stone is housed, believe it is more likely to have been used primarily as a ceremonial basin or ritual altar for gladiatorial sacrifices, than as an astrological or astronomical reference.


Jacket rubbed at spine ends else a near fine copy in like jacket.

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