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Jar with Two Plumed or Horned Serpents with Birds and P-shaped Motifs

A work made of ceramic and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.




Casas Grandes, Ramos Polychrome
New Mexico, United States, or Chihuahua, Mexico

About this artwork

Zigzagging around the surface of this jar are two abstract serpents with plumes or horns emerging from their red heads, gaping mouths, and bodies filled with checkerboard patterns, triangles, concentric circles, and fine-line hatchings. Feathered or horned serpents were supernatural beings combining the attributes of snakes and birds. Serpents, able to move between the surface and interior of the earth, and birds that fly into the air were agents of communication between the human world, the tiers of the cosmos, and the sacred forces seen and experienced in the natural landscape.


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Arts of the Americas


Casas Grandes


Jar with Two Plumed or Horned Serpents with Birds and P-shaped Motifs


New Mexico (Object made in)

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Ceramic and pigment


21.6 × 24.1 cm (8 1/2 × 9 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Edward and Betty Harris

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