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Aztec Art Research


The Aztecs saw art as precious things, and you were lucky if you owned any. Their artwork was sacred to them. (http://www.aztec-history.com/ancient-aztec-art.html)

This is a website I found with an explanation of Aztec symbols : http://www.aztec-history.com/aztec-symbols.html The Aztec’s used symbols for everything!

Common animal symbols were:

  1. Snakes
  2. jaguars
  3. dogs
  4. animal
  5. birds
  6. insects
  7. frogs (joy)
  8. butterflies
  9. monkeys

Ideograms are “graphical symbol that represents an idea, rather than a group of letters” (The History of Visual Communication)

What does this sound like to you?? Possibly EMOJI’s? “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.”

Here is a comparison of Aztec/Mayan ideograms and emojis






They both are icons that represent a word, and when combined can tell a story.






The History of Visual Communication – Ideograms. (n.d.). Retrieved February 17, 2016, from http://www.citrinitas.com/history_of_viscom/ideograms.html

Aztec Symbols. (2016). Retrieved February 17, 2016, from http://www.aztec-history.com/aztec-symbols.html

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