Serpent

Artist/maker unknown, Mexican, Aztec

Geography:
Made in central Mexico, Mexico, North and Central America

Date:
1300-1500?

Medium:
Green igneous (volcanic) rock

Dimensions:
Height: 23 inches (58.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Modern Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1950-134-294

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
The term "Aztec" refers to the cultures of central Mexico at the time of the Spanish conquest. This serpent head---with double fangs and a thick tongue in front and a rattlesnake tail in back---was carved from a waterworn boulder. It is part of an important collection of pre-Columbian art assembled by Louise and Walter Arensberg, which they displayed in their home alongside modern works of art.