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Legacy of the Plumed Serpent


The Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75201
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214-922-1200 (phone)
Neighborhood: Downtown
Category: Museums and Galleries: Exhibits


The Aztec god Quetzalcoatl is quite the intimidating creature. Early carvings and drawings depict a cross between a serpent and the quetzal bird, thus a name that means “plumed serpent.” The museum has gotten its hands on a plethora of rare objects that lend insight into the ancient Mesoamerican kingdoms and its most venerated deity. Be on the lookout for the Codex Zouche-Nuttall, a pre-Hispanic colorful recounting of Mixtec (peoples from the region of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Puebla) history, on loan from the British Museum. It’s one of few documents that still survive.

Legacy of the Plumed Serpent



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