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A cuauhxicalli or quauhxicalli (Nahuatl: [kʷaːʍʃiˈkalːi], meaning "eagle gourd bowl") was an altar-like stone vessel used by the Aztec to hold human hearts extracted in sacrificial ceremonies.[1] A cuauhxicalli would often be decorated with animal motifs, commonly eagles or jaguars. Another kind of cuauhxicalli is the Chacmool-type, which is shaped as a reclining person holding a bowl on his belly.



  1. ^ "Ocelotl Cuauhxicalli". Google Arts and Culture. Retrieved 11 April 2018.