Click here to buy through Etsy (Not currently available) Quetzalcoatl, the 'Feathered Serpent', is among the most well-known of the Aztec gods, beloved for his benevolence and protection against the chaotic Tezcatlipoca. He was said to have brought civilisation to the Aztec people, although was eventually defeated in battle by Smoking Mirror and fled across the sea, promising to return. Many people link the coming of the Spanish Conquistadors to the Aztec's belief that their benign deity had kept his word, citing this as the reason the Spanish were initially welcomed with elaborate celebrations.
This carving comes from the ancient capitol Tenochtitlan, now known as Mexico City. It is dated to AD 1519-1539 and is believed to have been carved to commemorate the rebuilding of the Great Temple.