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Photo: Elizabeth Mann


Giant snakes and feathered serpents are associated with the origins of the universe. They are also frequently associated with shamans, sexuality, immortality, and the sun or water. These robust creatures painted on the surface have large toothed mouths, wear headdresses and ornaments, and have appendages attached to their textured bodies. Long, sweeping tails suggest that this is a fantastical serpent composite being of great power.
Earthenware with paint
11 3/4 in. (29.85 cm)
Diam.: 4 in.
Girth: 22 1/4 in.
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

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