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AZTEC-DOUBLE-HEADED-SERPENT-WALL-PLAQUE

AZTEC-DOUBLE-HEADED-SERPENT-WALL-PLAQUE $159.00

AZTEC-DOUBLE-HEADED-SERPENT-WALL-PLAQUE
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Museum Reproduction - Hand Cast Bonded Stone - 11"H x 19"W (28x48cm)
British Museum, London. 15th century - Splendid relic of the Aztecs, who rose from squalid origins to power and riches in just 200 years, this double-headed rattlesnake serpent was used as a ceremonial chest ornament that may have been worn by a priest. It is incrusted with scales of turquoise, a stone the Aztecs imported from the outposts of their empire to adorn some of their most beautiful possessions. This piece is the work of a Mixtec jeweler, and dates from the 15th century.
Mixtec craftsmanship was highly prized; an entire enclave of artisans from this culture lived in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. In mesoamerican culture, serpents were very important religious symbols, the shedding of their skin made them a symbol of rebirth and renewal.
One of the main mesoamerican deities, Quetzalcoatl, was represented as a feathered serpent.



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