Paper Mache tzompantli Aztec/Mayan Skull Trophy Rack Mexican Artist Javier Bobadilla
- Mexican Paper Mache Aztec Skull Rack "Tzompantli"
- Height- 10 1/2"
- Wide- 6 3/4"
- The stand- 7" x 2 1/4"
- Each skull rack has a total of 12 skulls( 4 across on each pole).
- They were made by Mexico City artisan Javier Bobadilla.
- Javier works vary from small faces to huge paper mache works of art. They are exhibited in museums and fine stores throughout parts of Mexico, United States and Europe.
- The Skull Racks are individually crafted and will have some differences one to another.
- Brief History of the racks:
- Racks known as “tzompantli” were where the Aztecs displayed the severed heads of sacrifice victims on wooden poles pushed through the sides of the skull. The poles were suspended horizontally on vertical posts.
- These poles “was a show of might” by the Aztecs. Friends and even enemies were invited into the city, precisely to be cowed by the grisly display of heads in various stages of decomposition.
- The Tzompantli structure at Chichén Itzá is a Toltec structure, where the heads of sacrificial victims were placed; although it was one of three platforms in the Great Plaza, it was according to Bishop Landa, the only one for this purpose--the others were for farces and comedies, showing the Itzá's were all about fun. The platform walls of the Tzompantli have carved reliefs of four different subjects. The primary subject is the skull rack itself; others show a scene with a human sacrifice; eagles eating human hearts; and skeletonized warriors with shields and arrows.
- Great gift for anyone interested in Pre Colombian art/history.