The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 10:17 am

Image courtesy of LACMA

The Dallas Museum of Art introduces The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico, a huge exhibition following the trade network in ancient Mexico, the followers of the deity Quetzalcoatl, and the progression of empires from 900 to 1500 A.D. The exhibition hosts an array of 150 items, including paintings, sculptures, turquoise mosaics, textiles, and gold, all illustrating the transition between two empires: the Aztecs and the Spanish. It showcases materials that demonstrate the convergence of empires and the conquest of people part of a broad trade network that spread ideas, innovations, and enterprises throughout ancient Mexico, South America, and the American Southwest.

Courtesy of LACMA

Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the exhibition focuses on the ancient kingdoms who worshipped Quetzalcoatl (literally “feathered serpent”), a spirit that combined the features of the quetzal bird and the serpent. The show is powerful, complex, and thought-provoking, allowing the viewer to understand that globalization is not a new phenomenon and that the transcendence of linguistics in art is universal.

The show opens on July 29th and closes on November 25th.

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