Aztecs Conquest & Glory

Currently running at Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand is a special exhibit which may be of interest to some of you. It is entitled “Aztecs Conquest and Glory” and it opened today. It runs until the 9th of February 2014. Today my son and I managed to visit the exhibit while in Wellington.

The exhibit opens with a section on the foundation and development of the Aztec civilisation within the Mesoamerican context. The exhibit then looks at religion and religious beliefs in some depth. Everyday life is considered and to an extent the city. A small but interesting section covered Aztec warfare. Finally the final section covered the destruction of the Aztecs at the hand of the Spanish.

Aztec_Codex_Magliabechiano

Lacking background on Mesoamerica in general, and the Aztecs in particular, I found the various story-boards both interesting and extremely informative. These story boards were well supported by clear and interesting mix of artefacts. Some were of course small but several large and full scale statues add scale to the exhibit. An example is the large ceramic Eagle warrior below, itself around six feet in height, and similair to that at the exhibit.

Aztec_eagle_warrior

The artefacts and story-boards combine to provide a rich and en-lighting insight into the Aztecs. I encourage you to visit Aztecs Conquest and Glory.

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