Summary: Evaluating The Coatlicue

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Evaluating The Coatlicue
One of the most mysterious archeological discoveries in recent history was made in Mexico City in the latter years of the 17th century. A nine feet statue made out of stone and finely carved was found but immediately reburied. The statue was so shocking that incited terror and huge admiration to the people that found it. The statue depicts the Aztec goddess Coatlicue which means “snakes-hers-skirt” in the native tongue of the Aztecs, which is the mother of all other gods. The statue vaguely depicts a woman that is leaning forward almost as if it was ready to pounce. The bizarreness starts from the feet of the statue that can clearly be identified as claws, of some sort of praying bird most likely an eagle’s. The
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The historic importance and the human element that created the statue becomes an important factor in order to determine its legitimacy as a masterpiece. For example, the devotion that these people had towards their gods is practically unknown and hard to understand in today’s society. It is also widely known that the Aztecs practiced bloodletting because blood was the most valuable offer a mere mortal could offer to the gods and the statue of the Coatlicue clearly demands for blood. The design of the statue appears to hold its purpose throughout the centuries and that is to inspire admiration and fear at the same time, which helps create a memorable experience when seen. Next, the statue’s carefully planned design possesses the aesthetic criteria of a complex work of art, which makes it hard not to admire. At the same time the statue is heavily cramped with patters and designs that cover every inch of the monolith, which can be seen as a lack of balance that can be overwhelming. However the statue is vertically split in two symmetric halves that add beauty and overall balance. The patters that the statue has are organic and flow perfectly around the goddess that helps unify the

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