Temple of the Feathered Serpent.Conceptual reproduction.
2nd c Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan Architecture
TEOTIHUACAN Anonymous (Early Classic c. 1 - 600)
(c. 1 - 600)
Teotihuacan. Valley of Mexico. Mexico.
Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History
A three-dimensional version of the mask of the rain god TLALOC may be what is represented on the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, along with QUETZALCOATL himself, who is depicted as a feathered or plumed serpent. On the left is a model of the pyramid, which has been painted to reflect the original colors. On the right is a photograph from the pyramid itself, showing a detail of the figures of both Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc. We will hear more of Quetzalcoatl later, but first look at the goggle-eyed rain god Tlaloc with his protruding teeth and compare him with the frescoed version we just examined. The association with water is emphasized on this monument by the inclusion of seashells, which were imported from the coastal waters and were highly prized.
TEOTIHUACáN | Temple of the Feathered Serpent. Conceptual reproduction. | 150 | Pre-Columbian | Teotihuacan