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From 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

Double-headed Serpent

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Double-headed Serpent

Double-headed serpent, turquoise mosaic, Mexico, 15th-16th century AD. An icon of Mexica (Aztec) art, this striking object was probably worn on ceremonial occasions as a pectoral (an ornament worn on the chest).


Originally presented as a BBC radio series and now a book published in America, "A History of the World in 100 Objects" tells the story of humanity using artifacts selected from the British Museum.

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