Knotted Rattlesnake Artist: Unknown


Art of the Ancient Americas

On view, 1st floor, Art of the Ancient Americas


Volcanic stone with traces of pigment


15.24 × 40.64 × 35.56 cm (6 × 16 × 14 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mark Landrum, B.A. 1961

Accession Number



Late Postclassic Period


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Bought from Douglas Dawson Ethnographic Arts, Chicago Ill. May 24, 2006.
Collected by Harold Thomas of California in the 1950s. Thomas was an electrical engineer who was working on the electrical grid and power plants in Mexico City. It is likely that the projects that Thomas oversaw unearthed this as well as numerous other objects at that time. This piece has been in the possession of Thomas' heirs since he acquired it in the 1950s.

  • Lily Higgins, "Sculpting Nature: An Aztec Rattlesnake in Stone," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2017): 78, fig. 1.
  • "Acquisitions July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016," (accessed December 1, 2016).
  • Felipe Solis, ed., The Aztec Empire, Curated by Felipe Solis, exh. cat. (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2004), 76, no. 7,

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Object/Work type

animal art, sculptures

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