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Beautiful rendering of a coiled rattlesnake. The plasticity with which the artist rendered the coiled snake as a knot does not detract from the realism of the theme, while it introduces a wonderful play of volume and texture, of light and shadow.

Sculpture of a coiled rattlesnake
Mexica (Aztec)
Late Post-Classic (1325-1521 A.D.)
31 x 44 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara