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Techniques and themes in Aztec art were influenced by hundreds, perhaps thousands of years of artistry in this part of the world.

Art in the Aztec empire, like its culture and religion, came from a long history - a history of many different tribes.

Few of the local languages actually had a word for "art".

The Aztecs called special things like this toltecat.

This word was from a group of people known as the Toltecs, whose city was destroyed in 1168.

No doubt the massive statues of the gods in the abandoned city impressed the Aztecs.

In fact, the ruling family of the Aztecs claimed to be descended from the Toltecs.

The common people were not generally allowed to even own works of art.

If you were creating and selling art, you may be an exception, but some of the art would have to go to the upper classes.

They were the ones that generally were the keepers of the precious objects in the empire.

Neither did the civilization keep all its art to itself.

Ancient Aztec art was traded, and much of the materials used were imported from other peoples.