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Every year we celebrate within the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection a special highlight: the Pen of the Year. As you know, each edition tells the tales of eras and peoples whose deeds shaped the history of humanity.
In 2022, the Pen of the Year places the spotlight on the Aztecs, their culture, look and religious rituals. The Aztec gods and symbols and the many prophecies of this period provide the inspiration for the Pen of the Year 2022.
The Stone of the Five Suns creation myth guides us through the Pen of the Year’s design. The myth splits the cosmic age into five eras: the Jaguar Sun, Wind Sun, Rain Sun, Water Sun and – our current world – the Earthquake Sun.
In 1428, in what is today known as Mexico, three city-states formed the Aztec Triple Alliance, the foundations for what was to become the mighty Aztec Empire, which still intrigues people to this day.
We have incorporated this intrigue into the design of the Pen of the Year 2022. But how? The grip of the Pen of the Year 2022 is made of a cool, matt stone called obsidian, a volcanic glass. The gemstone obsidian was frequently used throughout the history of the Aztecs. Aztec commoners made swords, spearheads and arrowheads out of this sharp-edged matter. In mythology, Tezcatlipoca, the god of the north, wears jaguar garments and carries an obsidian mirror and a tecpatl knife made of
The god Tezcatlipoca represents the first era, the Jaguar Sun. The period is characterised by the existence of human giants and the creation of new gods. A fight between the gods Quetzalcōātl and Tezcatlipoca ends the world.