JCB Archive of Early American Images
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F671 M765n / 1-SIZE
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illustration; p. 82
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Interior of a temple with an idol which has horns and faces on its chest. Also includes torches and lamps. Includes a scene of sacrifice, bones or skeleton, knife, and European soldiers.
Montanus, Arnoldus, 1625?-1683
De Nieuwe en onbekende Weereld: of Beschryving van America
Source place of publication:
By Jacob Meurs Boek-verkooper en Plaet-snyder, op de Kaisars-graf, schuin over de wester-markt, in de stad Meurs
Text describes the idol, Huitzilopochtli, an Aztec or Mexican deity, whose head touched the arched ceiling of the high temple. Near him stand various images made of meal and kneaded with men's blood. While Cortes and Montezuma [Moctezuma] were viewing the temple, two Spaniards rushed suddenly into one of the cells lit with many torches with walls covered in human blood.
Acquired in 1847.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Indians of Mexico--Religion
Aztecs--Rites and ceremonies