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Although commonly known as Quetzalcoatl in his guise as the Plumed Serpent, this relief depicts a human emerging from the maw of a serpent with a huge bundle of feathers behind. The motif is similar to the one found on Xochicalco stelae and may or may not depict a warrior wearing a full-scale snake helmet, much like the Toltec coyote order warrior.

Slab with a bas-relief carving
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Mexico City, Federal District
61 x 44.5 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara