22 December 2009

The Triple Alliance






I took these pictures of high-reliefs portraying the three leaders who formed the Aztec Triple Alliance in the 1400's primarily for Four Dinners. I know how he loves to wrap his tongue around Aztec names and savor the sound of them.

When looking at the artistic portrayals of these Aztecs, it is easy to forget that these guys were probably no more than 5 ft. 5 in. (165 cm) tall and weighed no more than 140 pounds (10 stone) if they worked out regularly. Obviously in the artist's mind, they did work out regularly--running on Aztec treadmills, working those Aztec weight machines, punching the heavy bag or punching the occasional alien captive in their Aztec gyms before cutting out his heart.

On the other hand, maybe they were physical giants and that is the reason they were the leaders they were. Who knows?


Notice that two of them were also famous for their poems. Renaissance men, in other words. Click on the picture for a legible version if you are so inclined.



1 comment:

Four Dinners said...

Nezahualcoyotl looks a bit gay to me....not that I'd have ever told him mind....;-)