Monday, July 30, 2012

Snakes in the British Museum

Aztec-Mixtec turquoise double-headed snake
 Aztec fire serpent
(it's a rattler, see the fangs?)

 Aztec rattlesnake, 
Crotalus durissus
(the Aztecs did like snakes)
 I am not sure what this figure is doing with this snake,
but it's a detail inside a late Egyptian coffin

 This Roman-era Egyptian child's coffin
also has a serpent on the lid.

Also Roman, this detail of "Mithras slaying the bull"
shows a dog and snake drinking the blood of the bull
that the god is spilling.

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