serpent column


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serpent column

A type of column used in Toltec architecture, features a feathered serpent whose open-fanged head serves as the base and whose tail rattlers are the roof support. Outstanding examples at Chichén Itzá and Tula, in Mexico.
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It's now a park with monuments such as a screw-like bronze column - known as the Serpent Column, it's originally from Greece - or the Walled Obelisk, a stone column with hieroglyphics: its bronze plates were stolen and melted by Crusaders.
The Deinomenids laid particular emphasis on this "historical parallel" by copying the very type of the mainland Greeks' victory monument - a tripod on a serpent column - for their own anathema at Delphi.