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Stairs, Aztec Temple Complex, The Aztec Empire, The Conquest of America--two pieces (Step Size: 2 ½ in. x 2 7/8 in. x 1 5/8 in.)

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Item Number: AZ-107

Stairs, Aztec Temple Complex, The Aztec Empire, The Conquest of America--two pieces (Step Size:  2 ½ in. x 2 7/8 in. x 1 5/8 in.)

The Aztec Empire flourished between c. 1345 and 1521 and, at its greatest extent, covered most of northern Mesoamerica.  Aztec warriors were able to dominate their neighbouring states and permit rulers such as Motecuhzoma II to impose Aztec ideals and religion across Mexico.  Highly accomplished in agriculture and trade, the last of the great Mesoamerican civilizations was also noted for its art and architecture which ranks amongst the finest ever produced on the continent.
The empire continued to expand from 1430 and the Aztec military--bolstered by conscription of all adult males, men supplied from allied and conquered states, and such elite groups as the Eagle and Jaguar warriors--swept aside their rivals.   Aztec warriors wore padded cotton armour, carried a wooden or reed shield covered in hide, and wielded weapons such as a super sharp obsidian sword-club (macuahuitl), a spear or dart thrower (atlatl), and bow and arrows.  Elite warriors also wore spectacular feathered and animal skin costumes and headdresses to signify their rank.  Battles were concentrated in or around major cities and when these fell the victors claimed the whole surrounding territory.  Regular tributes were extracted and captives were taken back to Tenochtitlan for ritual sacrifice. In this way the Aztec empire came to cover most of northern Mexico, an area of some 135,000 square kilometres.

The Aztec state was centered on political expansion and dominance of and exaction of tribute from other city states, and warfare was the basic dynamic force in Aztec politics.  Aztec society was also centered on warfare:  every Aztec male received basic military training from an early age and the only possibility of upwards social mobility for commoners was through military achievement-- especially the taking of captives

The sacrifice of war captives was an important part of many of the Aztec religious festivals.

Tenochtitlan was the capital city of the Aztec Empire.  The city was built on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the valley of Mexico.  In the centre of Tenochtitlan was a walled square, where in temples on top of high pyramids Aztec holy men honoured their gods with colourful ceremonies and human sacrifices.

The jjDesigns Aztec Temple Complex pieces can be combined to create a suitable backdrop which can fit on a standard 36” wide shelf.

Either the exterior of the walled complex or the interior of the walled complex can be represented.  A display similar to the Roman Fort can be created, which can represent a simple shelf backdrop or a complete fort/temple complex!

Due to be released in OCTOBER 2022.