A highly developed cultureThis scene depicts a number of important cultural developments. In the background fishermen use butterfly nets, Indians harvest cotton as well as cochineal from nopal cactus to produce the red dye; in the middle ground, a large building with a complex roof is being raised and immediately behind it, miners extract coal from the side of a cliff. In the foreground dyers tint cloth and hang it to dry while artists paint a topographic map as another elaborately dressed and tattooed standing figure holds up a beautiful codex. Volcanoes and Lake Patzcuaro are in the distance.
Grisailles underneath the polychrone panelFrom left to right: dying with the purple snail; sculptors and ceramicists; tattooing
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