Aztec--the name evokes one of history's cultural enigmas. That fabled empire in the New World, with its towering golden culture, its bloody human sacrifices, and its terror-inspiring idols, was yet a hopeless loser when Cortes and his small Spanish forces collided with Motecuhzoma's army. The Aztec's capital of Tenochtitlan was leveled and their whole world destroyed.
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LAPIDARY ARTS WOOD SCULPTURE AND TURQUOISE MOSAIC
FEATHERWORK TERRACOTTA SCULPTURE CERAMICS
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