INAH finds Mexican snake carved in stone and colored after an earthquake – El Sol de México

The particularity of Zocalo of the city of mexico is that it is found on what was the great Tenochtitlánso it is common for there to be frequent discoveries of different Mexican vestiges, such was the case with a colorful colossal snake.

On September 19, 2022, an earthquake shook Mexico City again on this fateful date for the capital’s residents; however, unlike 1985, the natural disaster that occurred two years ago revealed a Mexica vestige. amazing, which National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) Conservation work has been carried out in collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Salvador Pulido Méndez, director of Archaeological Salvage (DSA) and Patricia Ledesma Bouchan of the Templo Mayor Museum (MTM) of the INAH, explained that This discovery of the colossal snake occurred in the east wing of the building of the former UNAM School of Jurisprudence, located in the Historic Center.

How old is the Mexican snake?

He INAH explained that the Mexican snake head sculpture is one of the greatest vestiges of color that are found in the country, as it has polychrome on 80% of its surface.

This vestige is approximately more than 500 years old. and was found 4.50 meters deep, the colossal head of the Mexica snake has:

  • 1.80 meters long
  • 1 meter high
  • 85 centimeters wide
  • Estimated weight of 1.2 tons

Its peculiarity lies in the fact that the same mixtures of mud and water that covered it for more than half a millennium also allowed its stucco to be preserved along with traces of ocher, red, blue, black and white colors.explains the INAH

Conservation work has been taking place since September 19, 2022, in a collaboration between UNAM, INAH and the restorer María Barajas Rocha.

These pigments, which represent a notorious example of the color palette that the Mexica used to decorate their cult images and their temples, are extremely fragile due to the mineral and plant materials from which they were obtained.explained restaurateur María Barajas Rocha

For the polychromatic conservation of the snake’s colossal head, UNAM created a humidity chamber with the intention of the snake’s head losing the humidity it accumulated over centuries. It is expected that once its due restoration process is completed it will be shown to the general public.

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