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Aztec Walled Temple 1
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Item Number: AZ-TEMP1

Aztec Walled Temple 1

Coming throughout 2019, and previewed at the March London Toy Soldier show, are the unpainted prototypes of the Aztec walled temple complex.   These pieces can be combined to display a large temple complex, a single temple, or even just as a walled shelf backdrop to an Aztec collection.

Aztec temples were called Teocalli (god houses) by the Mexica peoples.  The priests of the Aztec religion went to these temples to worship and pray, and make offerings to the gods to keep them strong and in balance. Aztec temples were often part of a step-pyramid, and they often faced west.  A flight of steps led up to the sanctuary and there was a sacrificial altar at the top of the steps.

Historical accounts describe the temples as mainly white buildings painted with bright colors.

The Aztec Empire flourished between c. 1345 and 1521 and, at its greatest extent, covered most of northern Mesoamerica.  Aztec warriors were able to dominate their neighbouring states and permit rulers such as Motecuhzoma II to impose Aztec ideals and religion across Mexico.  Highly accomplished in agriculture and trade, the last of the great Mesoamerican civilizations was also noted for its art and architecture which ranks amongst the finest ever produced on the continent.

The empire continued to expand from 1430 and the Aztec military—bolstered by conscription of all adult males, men supplied from allied and conquered states, and such elite groups as the Eagle and Jaguar warriors—swept aside their rivals.  Aztec warriors wore padded cotton armour, carried a wooden or reed shield covered in hide, and wielded weapons such as a super sharp obsidian sword-club (macuahuitl), a spear or dart thrower (atlatl), and bow and arrows.  Elite warriors also wore spectacular feathered and animal skin costumes and headdresses to signify their rank.  Battles were concentrated in or around major cities and when these fell, the victors claimed the whole surrounding territory.  Regular tributes were extracted, and captives were taken back to Tenochtitlan for ritual sacrifice.  In this way, the Aztec empire came to cover most of northern Mexico, an area of some 135,000 square kilometres.

Temple measurements:  12 ½” wide x 15” deep x 16 ¾” height

Please Note there will be 2 versions of the Aztec temple and they will be available for Pre-order this summer.

Due to be released in SUMMER 2019.