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Two double-headed serpents are entwined, their undulating bodies forming a series of three circles. The two heads at each end are rendered in mirror image of each other. This object may have been attached to clothing, a headdress or suspended on cord as a pectoral or other type of body adornment.

Provenance

Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers

Mixtec, Postclassic period, A.D. 1100–1520

Object Place

Central or Southern Highlands, Mexico

Dimensions

23.49 x 5.08 x 1.27 cm (9 1/4 x 2 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1993.812

Medium or Technique

Stone: surface encrustation

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture