This statue represents an Aztec goddess. At first glance, one may be drawn to the skull at the center and mistake it for the head. But the head is actually up top, in the form of two serpents facing eachother and there are several other elements that refers to things that exist in the natural world, which are all combined to form this amalgam of a being. She is associated with being the goddess of earth and the creator of celestial beings, fertility as well as a mother figure. The skull is only a centerpiece of the goddesses’ necklace which also includes human hearts and hands and her skirt is also composed of several snakes. She is like a living environment. Her breasts are weathered from birthing other gods such as Quetzalcoatl and Xolotl and this contrast of maternal and destructive elements of Coatlicue serves as a metaphor for the earth, as the earth is responsible for both the births and growths of all its organisms as well as its decay and destruction. And it is clearly represented that as parts of her are aging, other parts are thriving, just like the earth.