The Giant Aztec Statue at Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology

The monolith from Coatlinchan (aka Statue of Tlatoc) is a giant statue depicting the Aztec god of Rain. It weighs an estimated 200 tons and stands at a height of approximately 23 ft. As to how the ancients were planning to move this monolithic stone in the past remains a mystery to this day.

If any of you have been to Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology, you may have noticed this statue standing at the entrance. Have you ever wondered how did it get to its present location? It was originally discovered in a quarry near Coatlinchan before it was moved to Mexico City in 1964. Below are some rare pictures that show the statue in its original location before it made its great journey to the Museo Nacional de Antropología.

Tlatoc Statue in Quarry

Photo: Mexicolore.co.uk

Tlatoc Statue in Quarry

Photo: Robert F. Heizer, Howell Williams, Stones used for colossal sculpture at or near Teotihuacan, Contributions of the University of California Archaeological Research Facility

The Journey of Tlatoc in 1964

Operacion Coatlinchan Transportation of the Monolith of Coatlinchan to Mexico City. Photo: Archivo del INAH/Arqueología Mexicana/Raíces, 1964

The Journey of Tlatoc into Mexico City 1964

Operacion Coatlinchan Transportation of the Monolith of Coatlinchan to Mexico City. Photo: Archivo del INAH/Arqueología Mexicana/Raíces, 1964

Tlatoc Statue at Mexico's Museum of Anthropology

Copyright Photo: Jorge Arana – All rights reserved.

 

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