Lifelike realism and representation of status are characteristics of ancient Aztec warrior drawings. The Aztecs used art as a way to communicate and for religious ceremony. Drawings were realistically depicted showing warriors in active battle poses and dress. Many wore ceremonial masks and weapons were clearly visible in action.
Warrior art was designed to represent rank and accomplishments. Warriors with higher military rank would be shown wearing more elaborate clothing. The helmets worn by warriors represented their military status. For example, Eagle knights wore helmets with a stylized eagle design. Aztec warrior drawings helped historians interpret the ceremonial war aspects of the Aztec culture.