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Dress and ornament in the Americas

'She of the jade skirt'

Height: 30.000 cm
Width: 18.000 cm

AOA 1825,12-10.6

'She of the jade skirt'

From: Mexico (Aztec)
Date: 1325-1521 AD

Looking at sculptures of the gods and goddesses of past cultures can give us an idea of the clothes that ordinary people wore.

This Aztec sculpture is of the goddess Chalchiuhtlicue, which means "She of the jade skirt". She is kneeling down wearing a headdress and has her hair arranged in a large tassel on each side of her head. She is also wearing a traditional Aztec shawl or huipil, decorated with smaller tassels hanging down in front. Underneath this she wears a long skirt.