• Aztec Religious Figures

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    Satsuma buttons depicting Aztec figures as recorded in the Codex Borbonicus.

    The Codex Borbonicus is an Aztec codex written by Aztec priests shortly before or after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. ... The codex is an outstanding example of how Aztec manuscript painting is crucial for the understanding of Mexica calendric constructions, deities, and ritual actions.[1]

    Wikipedia: Codex Borbonicus

    The characters depicted on the buttons are the ceremonial priests serving Chicomecōātl, goddess of agriculture, shown in the center of the illustration. 

    A special thanks to Inge Borland for finding the source image and for the positive identification of this interesting pictorial subject matter. Maggie Johnson provided additional photos of the buttons. The images of the Codex Borbonicus are readily available for sharing at Archive.org.

    View another satsuma button depicting a Hopi Kachina doll in the WRBA Button Album.

    Button question contributed by Sonja Medcalf

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