From Chichen Itza to Tulum: The Late Postclassic Maya Feathered Serpent of the Northern Maya Lowlands
This is an abstract from the "Tales of the Feathered Serpent: Refining Our Understanding of an Enigmatic Mesoamerican Being" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Most representations of the feathered serpent at Chichen Itza depict a plumed rattlesnake, a being of wind and carrier of rain, with Central Mexican origins dating back to Early Classic Teotihuacan. In Classic Maya art, feathered serpents are not rattlesnakes and lack plumage aside from a quetzal crest, an attribute which continues into Late Postclassic representations but is unusual for Chichen Itza. Following the decline of Chichen Itza, feathered serpents in the Maya area do not appear with quetzal plumes covering their bodies but continue to appear in unique and striking ways. This paper will explore the Late Postclassic Maya feathered serpent through stone sculpture, murals, graffiti, and codices.
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From Chichen Itza to Tulum: The Late Postclassic Maya Feathered Serpent of the Northern Maya Lowlands. Jeremy Coltman, Karl Taube. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450960)
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min long: -94.197; min lat: 16.004 ; max long: -86.682; max lat: 21.984 ;
Abstract Id(s): 23416