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Architectural elements: Feathered Serpent

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Architectural element
Chichen Itzá, Yucatán
Terminal Classic / Early Postclassic (900-1250 AD)
Stone
INAH. Museo de sitio de Chichén Itzá, Yucatán
Sculptures of serpents like this one were used as bases for columns that adorned important buildings in Chichen Itzá. They symbolized K’uk’ulkan, the Feathered Serpent, the creator of heaven, who was associated with the wind, the water, the rain. the planet Venus and also the war.

© Photo: Haupt & Binder

The Maya - Language of Beauty

Touring exhibition of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Mexico. Information and photo tour through the presentation in Berlin, 2016.


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