The Aztec tattoos found on the body of one of the world’s most famous people reveal secrets about the culture and society of the Aztecs.
The tattoos are part of an exhibit at the Aztec Museum in Tempe, Ariz., that displays Aztec artifacts dating from the 11th century to the 20th century.
The Aztecas, also known as the Maya, are one of more than 50 ancient civilizations in Mexico, with a rich history of art, architecture, medicine and religion.
The exhibit, titled “Aztec Tattoo: The Secrets of Aztec Culture and Society,” features Aztec-era tattoos found in the bodies of three of Mexico’s most well-known figures, including the legendary Maya king Tezcatlipoca, who was crowned by the Aztes on Dec. 4, 1492.
Tattoos on the king’s body were the subject of a 2009 investigation by the Associated Press that found the tattoos were likely made by Aztec painters and were a way to mark the king as a ruler.
The AP reported that a tattoo artist working for the Aztexo cartel used a machine made of metal parts, metal-like beads and a metal ring to produce the tattoo.
The Associated Press also reported that Azteca artifacts and the drug trade in Mexico was rife during the time of the kings.
The museum said it plans to display more than 2,000 Aztec and Maya-era items and artifacts.