Aztec Double Headed Serpent Wall Plaque Quetzalcoatl

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  • Sold Date: Mar 19, 2008
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Aztec Double Headed Serpent

Wall Plaque

Pre-Columbian Art

Fine Museum Quality Reproductions

Item Name: Aztec Double Headed Serpent Wall Plaque

Size: 11"H x 19"W (28 x 48cm)

Item Type: wall plaque

Material: cultured marble

Weight (lbs): 12

Historical Facts:

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 jeweller, 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 featd serpent.

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