Aztec Stone Feathered Serpent Postclassic, circa AD 1300-1521
- Height: 11 in (27.9 cm)
Thence by descent
The present sculpture represents the divine serpent with great intensity. Its feathered body wraps around itself in a tortuous ball which suggests that the snake is the nucleus of energy and life. The dynamic energy of the body comes to repose in the head, which glares hypnotically. The sides of the mouth are curled back, opening at the front to reveal a pair of fangs and a forked tongue which slithers out.
See Royal Academy, ed., Aztecs, London, 2002, pp. 162 and 418, cat. no. 78, for a feathered serpent of similar form in the Fundación Televisa, Mexico City (inv. no. 21 pj. 8).