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Elaborately carved staff with, from the top: a male figure wearing Western-style clothes, with painted eyes, eyebrows, mouth, moustache, hat and clothes, sitting on a simple stool, resting his hands on his knees; a U-shaped snake on one side and a mortar on the other; a pair of a male and a female figure on either side (the male is standing on one leg, bending the other at the knee to make a triangle); a dark black spherical form; a row of three turtles on one side and two salamanders and a frog on the other; and finally three outstretched snakes (painted yellow, brown and red, respectively), one of them eating a small frog.
Kongo (Kongo (culture or style))
1900 – 1950
Gift of Margaret H. and Albert J. Coudron
This photograph depicts an aerial view of an effigy mound in the shape of a snake surrounded by trees.
Marilyn Bridges (American (North American))
Serpent Mound, Ohio
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
Centered in the page in this print are two figures in matching costume, one facing the viewer and one away. They are each dressed in a black suit with pink cumberbund and white socks and gloves. Each figure wears a cape with green interior; the back is white with vegetal and animal motifs in orange, pink, green, grey and black. On the left, the more-visible cape has a grey bird on one side and an orange horse on the other. As visible on the left figure, who faces away, there is a large black collar on the cape in the shape of a triangle, and off of the collar hangs a long pink piece of fabric.  Both figures wear white hats—shaped like umbrellas—that have large plumage of black, orange and green coming from a pole off the top. Lastly, as seen in the right figure, they wear a pink mask with a mustached face.
Carlos Mérida (Guatemalan)
Danza de los Paragüeros
1937 – 1939
Museum Purchase
Drawing of militaristic angels approaching two men fighting at sea. One angels holds a bow and above and to the right are three more angels carrying clouds. On the left of the image is a serpent curled around a tree.
William Blake
1757 – 1827
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Henri Salembier
Design for a Vertical Panel (1 of a set of 12)
Museum Purchase
This phallic representation of the god Shiva appears as a columnar head placed on a base with two rounded moldings on top of a series of square ones.  His neck is fully cylindrical and the face is modeled on that cylinder.  The eyes are wide open and a bow shaped eyebrow curves over them.  He has a flared nose and luxuriant moustache over a narrow but full lips and a short ball like chin.  A ‘U’ shaped element consisting of lines and a pearl motif probably represents his beard, perhaps held up in a tight net.  His forehead is decorated with three raise lines that go straight across and his crown is basically flat over his hear decorated with a bunch of peak forms in the center with a finial surmounting the whole.  His ears fan out almost like handles to a jar and are decorated with stylized arabesques.  A five-headed snake hood rises behind the head and has a rib down its center and scale motives incised towards the bottom an ‘S’ shapes t denote the cobra ‘eyes’ to each side.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
19th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel

Eric Gill
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
This is a rubbing of a figure with the head of a snake dressed in robes. A tongue is protruding from the mouth. A staff or sword is held in the right hand.<br />
<p>These rubbings are taken from reliefs of the twelve Chinese zodiac animal deities on the surface of guardian rocks (&egrave;&shy;&middot;&ccedil;&Yuml;&sup3;, hoseok ) placed around the edge of the tumulus of General Kim Yusin (&eacute;&Dagger;&lsquo;&aring;&ordm;&frac34;&auml;&iquest;&iexcl;, 595&acirc;&euro;&ldquo;673) on Songhwasan Mountain (&aelig;&frac34;&egrave;&Scaron;&plusmn;&aring;&plusmn;&plusmn;) in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. The twelve animal deities guard the twelve Earthly Branches which can be interpreted as spatial directions. Each animal deity has the face of a certain animal and a body of human. The twelve animal deities occur in the following order according to the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. While the twelve deities on guardian stones pl
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Twelve Zodiac Animals: Snake
1945 – 1980
Transfer from the Department of the History of Art, Slide and Photograph Collection, gift of Mrs. Pilsoon L. Chun
Gold-weight in the shape of a thick, curving line with an oblong head and a thin, pointed tail. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
1900 – 1985
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
A photograph of a female head made of pasta and marinara sauce printed on a porcelain plate. On verso, the plate is numbered &quot;39;&quot; it is labeled part of &quot;The Peter Norton Family Christmas Project&quot; and dated 1999; the manufacturer is labeled &quot;Made in Bernardaud in Limoges, France;&quot; and, below, it reads &quot;Lead Free Dishwasher Safe.&quot;
Vik Muniz (American (North American))
Untitled (Medusa Marinara)
Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation
In the foreground, there is a man laying on a large human-sized book, one hand on his chin and the other holding a pencil to the page. In front of his pencil, the text &quot;Mendez&quot; and &quot;1945&quot; is printed. On the pages of the book are a skeleten-creature and on the opposite page an angel. Behind the man and the book is a large cactus, and then a large cross rises from its base. The cross is encircled by a large snake-like creature whose head is open, facing away, and an eagle is crucified with knives. Coming from the ends of the cross are what seems to be spears, pointing clockwise. Behind this foreground scene, there is an army marching under a flag with the skull and crossbones. A priest follows behind the army, seemingly coming from the open mouth of the large serpent whose tail holds the feet of the crucified eagle. To the left there are two more crucified figures, whose crosses are on fire. In the far background, there is a vista of a large city.&nbsp;
Leopoldo Méndez (Mexican)
Lo que puede venir
Museum Purchase

Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Folk Durga
16th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel