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For some reason, this representation of a human emerging from the open jaws of a serpent has come to be known as "La Reina de Uxmal" (the "Queen of Uxmal"). In actuality, it probably has something to do with contacting deified ancestors through vision rites, in which the so-called Vision Serpent was conceived of as a conduit to the Otherworld, where the ancestors resided.

Architectural finial
Terminal Classic (900-1000 A.D.)
Uxmal, State of Yucatán
80 x 99 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara