Aztec Weapons

The Bow and Arrow

The bow and arrow was an extremely common hunting tool in virtually every culture, and was adopted for warfare in Central Mexico by at least the 12th century AD.


Spanish and Tlaxcalan soldiers assault an Aztec position. The archer depicted in the top right of this battle appears to be lightly armed with no armor. From the Lienzo de Tlaxcala.



Ichcahuipilli (Padded Armor)

The Ichcahuipilli was a common form of padded cotton armor utilized throughout Mesoamerica.


Artist’s rendition of two Ichcahuipilli cuirasses. From the Men-at-Arms series, “Aztec Warrior 1325-1521”. Illustrated by Adam Hook.