Luxury of Nacre

Conch Decorated Garments in Tenochtitlan

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The excavations of Templo Mayor Project have brought to light a large amount of conch objects, many of them pearly.

In the exhibition it is explained the material richness of a series of clothes made with this marine resource and used by the Mexica and other Pre-Hispanic cultures, which they called epnepaniuhqui. These were top luxury objects and were restricted to ritual contexts. Their function, as it is known, was to produce in the wearers a supernatural effect “pleasing to the gods”, through the litmus tone of nacre.

In several cases, these objects constitute well known attributes of certain divinities: the epcololli earmuffs distinctive of Eehécatl-Quetzalcóatl; the anáhuatl chestpieces characteristic of Tezcatlipoca, and the xopilcózcatl pendants carried by the gods of music and dance.


June 14 to September 29 2019
From Tuesday to Sunday , 09:00 - 17:00 hrs.
$75.00MX General admission, Free admission for minors under 13 years of age, students, teachers, senior citizens, retirees, and pensioners., Free admission for Mexican citizens and foreigners living in the country.


Templo Mayor Museum   Ver más información del recinto

Seminario 8 Col. Centro (Área 6), C.P. 6060, Deleg. Cuauhtémoc México, Ciudad de México   Cómo llegar

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