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Cuauhxicalli

or Quauhxicalli 

Nahuatl word for "Eagle gourd bowl."  The Aztecs used these stone recipients to contain sacrificial hearts or blood.  Often decorated with animal motifs such as eagles or jaguars, this example bears a human skull.  This vessel stands at the foot of the atrium cross ready to receive the blood of Christ for Holy Communion.

Cuauhxicalli