National Geographic : 1937 Jun
@ National Geographic Society Painting byH.M.Hterget SQUATTING IN THE MARKET PLACE, A WOOD CARVER WITH OBSIDIAN TOOLS CHISELS ATEMPLE DECORATION Pottery, dogs, and macaws are specialties in this mart. Highly decorated pots at the right came from outside theAztec realm, forlocal artisans preferred simpler designs. A cloth awning, its edge visible in the upper left corner, partly shields buyersand sellers from theburning sun. ASpanish chronicler declared that the hum of voices in a busy market could be heard several miles away. Though fabulously rich ingold and silver, Aztecs traded principally by barter. Their society comprised three definite classes : nobles, commoners, and slaves.