The Aztec Double-Headed Serpent

  |  Buy to Own: 24/07/2006
  |  30 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


The turquoise mosaic of a double-headed serpent is one of the most alluring objects in the British Museum's Mexican Gallery. Made over 500 years ago, this icon of Aztec art is admired for its symmetry, beauty and intense colour. This absorbing film examines the serpent in detail: the materials, tools and techniques used to craft it, its original pupose and symbolism, and its aesthetic value in the world today. It also looks at the culture that created this masterpiece: a culture stretching back thousands of years, which was to face destruction at the hands of the Spanish Conquistadors.