The Turquoise Mosaics
- The Turquoise Mosaics
Pectoral, in the form of a double-headed serpent. Made of cedro wood (Cedrela odorata) and covered with mosaic made of turquoise and red thorny oyster shell (Spondylus princeps). The teeth in the two open mouths are made from conch shell (Strombus). Two resins are used as adhesive: pine resin and Bursera resin (copal). In the mouths the resin is coloured red with hematite. Beeswax adhesive survives around the eye sockets.
- Excavated/Findspot: Mexico
- (Americas,North America,Mexico)
- Height: 20.5 centimetres
- Width: 43.6 centimetres
- Depth: 5.9 centimetres
1987-1994, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Turquoise Mosaics from Mexico'
2002, London, Royal Academy, Aztecs
2003, Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Aztecs
2009-2010 24 Sep-24 Jan, London, BM, Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler
26 July 1994
Reason for treatment
Clean, ensure all applied material is secure.
Good, surfaces secure, slightly dirty.
Cleaned surface of tesserae using 50/50 IMS and distilled water on cotton wool swabs.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Am1894C3.634 (old CDMS no.)
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Object reference number: ESA6789
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