Illustration: Aztec Feast, Five Men Smoking

Illustration: Aztec Feast, Five Men Smoking

Aztec Feast Illustration, Five Men Smoking

Aztec Feast Illustration, Five Men Smoking

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source: Wikimedia Commons
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A colorful illustration depicts a scene at a grand Aztec feast. Here, several men can be seen exhaling smoke, passing the pipe among themselves. Baskets of tamales sit nearby.


Illustration: late 16th century AD


This illustration is featured in the 16th century Florentine Codex, a Spanish ethnographic documentation of various Mesoamerican societies. This image is one of five in a series depiction a great Aztec feast as observed by the author, Bernardino de Sahagún (c. 1499–1590).

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