National Geographic : 1937 Jun
AZTECS UNDER THE WAR GOD'S REIGN () National Geographic Society Fainting by H. M. Hierget "GRANT US, O DREADED ONE, VICTORY IN BATTLE!" " By thine aid we have subdued many tribes and forced them to pay us tribute of gold, emeralds, amber, turquoise, and honey." So might a warrior have prayed to Huitzilopochtli about the time Cortez invaded Mexico. On the idol's cuffs rest two humming birds, symbol of the war god. The suppliant wears a feathered headdress and "bustle" denoting his military order. Shield and war club lie on the floor. Fighting and religion were the principal Aztec pursuits. Paintings in this series are based upon records left by the Spaniards and sculptures recovered by the Mexican Government.