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Teotihuacán de Arista in Municipality of Teotihuacán, Estado de Mexico, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

A Ceremonial Incense Burner

 
 
A Ceremonial Incense Burner Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 28, 2017
1. A Ceremonial Incense Burner Marker
Inscription.
Brasero ceremonial
Esta escultura hecha en roca volcánica fue descubierta en 1906 por Don Leopoldo Batres en la parte superior de la plataforma adosada a la Pirámide del Sol. Su descubridor consideró que probablemente era un brasero ceremonial y se utilizaba para contener el fuego sagrado en los eventos religiosos, tal y como lo describió:

"Sobre el plano superior horizontal del templo central de tres cuerpos, descubrí un gran brasero que afecta la forma de una doble copa, ceñida por el centro con una banda que parece sujetar dos cuadretes que, colocados lateralmente opuestos en las paredes exteriores del vaso, llevan esculpidos los calabrotes retorcidos iguales a los de los tableros y además cuatro barras atadas por el centro. Probablemente este brasero servía para encender el fuego en la renovación de ese elemento sagrado, cada siglo de 52 años, como los mexicanos"

Náhuatl:
Brasero ceremonial
Inin tlacuicuiliztli in tlen oquichiuhque ipan in tetl in tlen itec in tepetl in tlen tletl xitini, inin mixpantia ica ce popochcomitl. Inin omixpanti ipan 1909 xihuitl ipampa in Don Leopoldo Batres, icpac in tlaltetzontli in tlen icuitlapa quipepetzoque ipampa in Tonatiuh Teocalli. In aquin oquixpanti tlaneltoca mate inin monequia ipampa in quenin monenechicohuaya
A Ceremonial Incense Burner Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 28, 2017
2. A Ceremonial Incense Burner Marker
The marker is the farthest to the left. Unfortunately it does not appear that the incense burner mentioned in the marker text is still present in the area. The next marker to the right is "Construction Systems at the Pyramid of the Sun". Further to the right (south) along the pyramid's face is the marker "Sculptures of the Adorned Platform".
in tlecontli in cuac moteochinuaya, in quenin ohquion oquicuilo ipan ixtlanonotzalli in queman otlatatacac: Icpac in tlatetzontli in tlen onca patlahuac ipan in yoloteocalli in tlen yeyi caltepamitl quipiya, onicàcic ce hueyi popochcomitl in tlen mixnextia in quenin oome tecontin, ihuan ipan itlacotian quipiya ce ilpicatl, in tien cuali mixneci mate quilpiya in ome nanauhpa tlacuiliztin, in tlen mixnánamiqui itec in atecontic, ihuan mochi quihuihuica in tlen itoca malinqui calabrotes, in tlen mochi moxayacatia in tlen ipan in xolalpa caté ihuan ica nahui tlacuimelaztique in tlen ilpitoque ipan iyolo. Mate inin popochcomitl monequia in queman quitlaliaya in tlanextli in queman, moteopatlaya in tlecontli, in queman moneltocaya in cuac tlalpolohuaya, ipan 52 xihuitl, in quenin quichihuaya in mexica tlatlaca.

English:
A Ceremonial Incense Burner
This sculpture, in volcanic rock, depicts a ceremonial brazier. It was discovered atop the platform annexed to the Pyramid of the Sun by Leopoldo Batres in 1906. Its discoverer believed that it was probably used for holding the sacred fire during religious events, as he points out in the reports on his excavations:

“On the upper horizontal plane of the three-tiered central temple, I discovered a large brazier which affects the shape of a double goblet encircled at the middle with
A Ceremonial Incense Burner Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 28, 2017
3. A Ceremonial Incense Burner Marker
The marker is the farthest to the left in this view of the Pyramid of the Sun.
a band made to look like it holds in place two small squares which, positioned oppositely on the outer part of the vessel's walls, exhibit carvings of twisted cords just like those on the panels, in addition to four bars knotted in the middle. This brazier was probably used to light the fire in the renovation of that sacred element every period of 52 years, as the Mexicas did.”
 
Erected by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 19° 41.586′ N, 98° 50.684′ W. Marker is in Teotihuacán de Arista, Estado de Mexico, in Municipality of Teotihuacán. Marker can be reached from Calle Paloma just west of Calle Tuxpan. Touch for map. This marker is along the northwest corner of the Pyramid of the Sun at the Teotihuacan Archaeological Site. Marker is in this post office area: Teotihuacán de Arista, Estado de Mexico 55880, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Importance of the Pyramid of the Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); The Meaning of the Pyramid of the Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); Pyramid of the Sun (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Pyramid of the Sun (about 90 meters away); The Puma Mural (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The History of Teotihuacán (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Late Occupation of Teotihuacan and the Mexica Presence (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Temple of Agriculture (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Teotihuacán de Arista.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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