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Stone Sculpture of a Coiled Snake - PF.4043a
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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The snake is considered to be one of the most powerful creatures on this earth, and many cultures revere the animal. This beautiful sculpture demonstrates this type of reverence and respect. The sculpture has been carefully carved and the green stone has been polished smooth, giving it a beautiful uniformity in its design. The head of the snake rests comfortably on the top and in the center of the piece. The top of the head has been diligently carved, created a diamond motif at the top. The artist has also carved the nostrils, eyes, mouth and forked tongue, lending a truly realistic quality to the snake. With its smoothness comes an added three-dimensionality with the natural coloration of the stone, replacing the scale design on the snake. As a whole, the artist successfully completed a graceful sculpture of a culturally revered animal, known for its power and cunning. The permanence of stone eternalizes the image, allowing the piece to remain timeless. - (PF.4043a)

 

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