The Toltec peoples are famous for rougher looking architecture that would later influence the art of the Aztec. On their walls, there were often snakes, skulls, and pictures of Chak-mool (red jaguar). They also built enormous statues of Atlantes, men carved into great columns.
This stone panel (see left) depicts and eagle consuming a human heart. In the Toltec culture, eagles in the sky represented the sun. The sun needed energy and strength to survive the perilous nightly trek through the underworld to rise again each morning. It was the humans’ responsibility to provide food for the sun in the form of human heart or blood.
These statues (see right) are Atlantes in the form of Toltec warriors located in Tula.
This is a sculpture of Chak-mool (red jaguar) that was frequently found throughout Teotihuachaun.
This is a depiction of a religious or governmental leader. This shows that the Toltec were not necessarily concerned with proper or realistic proportion. They also were not interested in idealizing people. The nose on this sculpture is rather large also. This is because the rulers or other such important people would wear large nose pieces to elongate the nose. The reason for this is not known, but perhaps they felt it was a sign of wealth, a sign of virtue and honesty, or maybe just because they thought it was debonair.
This is the Sun pyramid located in Teotihauchan.