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Artwork Resource Packet: <em>Head of Xilonen, Goddess of Young Maize</em>

Artwork Resource Packet: Head of Xilonen, Goddess of Young Maize

This sculptural fragment depicts Xilonen, the youthful Aztec (Mexica) goddess of new maize. The many existing carvings of Xilonen suggest her importance in Aztec culture as one of three female maize deities representing stages of crop growth and maturation. Find this resource or view this artwork. This teaching packet includes an essay, discussion questions, activity ideas, a glossary, and an image of the artwork.

15th century, 16th century, ancient, gods/goddesses, Mexico


Elementary, High School, Middle School
Ancient Worlds, Art from Many Places, Clues from the Past

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