Coiled rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) figurine made of granite. Key anatomical details, including the fangs and the bifurcated tounge are accurately depicted. Figure has traces of paint, which may once have depicted the specific species of rattlesnake.
- 1300-1521 (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Mexico
- (Americas,North America,Mexico)
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.207
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.207
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.207
2002, London, Royal Academy, Aztecs
2003 Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Aztecs
17 May 1994
Light clean. Investigate pigment.
Very dirty/very dense handeling grease. The face and mouth has been painted in reds and pinks. Red dots extend down the serpents body. They do not appear to follow any particular path. The underside of the snake is equally carved, following the shape of the coil. The surface is painted in shade of pink. Large red dots pattern the underbelly.
The upper surface was cleaned with Liniment of soap (camphor,oleic acid,rosemary oil,potassium hydroxide), removed with White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate). The overall surface was then cleaned with a steamcleaner, taking care over painted surfaces. The underside was cleaned with distilled water on a swab. Friable areas of paint were consolidated with 3% Mowital B30H (polyvinyl butyral).
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
Object reference number: ESA1224