Tripod plate with plumed serpent

600–900 CE
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General Description

The distinctive Veracruz ceramic style attributed to the Los Tuxtlas region often features small decorated ceramic bowls. This example depicts a large feathered serpent, with open mouth and patterned snake body. The feathered serpent was an important deity in Mesoamerica, often referred to as Quetzalcoatl or Kukulkan. The iconography associated with this deity usually refers to the duality of earth and sky and is also commonly associated with water, rain, and lightning. Several other serpent deities also existed in the pantheon of Mesoamerican gods, with similar associations.

Elaine Higgins Smith, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2016.

Drawn from

  • Carol Robbins, Label text [1977.52], A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.

  • Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Bowl with ceremonially costumed figures (1977.52)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 41.

  • Mary Ellen Miller and Karl A. Taube, "Quetzalcoatl," in The gods and symbols of ancient Mexico and the Maya: an illustrated dictionary of Mesoamerican religion (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1993): 141-142.