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This minutely detailed head of a serpent was one of many that adorned the wall that separated the sacred precinct from the rest of the city in the ancient Mexica capital of Tenochtitlan.

Serpent's head
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
Mexico City
Volcanic tuff
90 x 92 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara