Ancient Mexican Art
Quetzalcoatl at LACMA >> LACMA has opened its second great archeological exhibition in the Resnick Pavilion, “Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico.” >> Pretty timely, especially since I'm still working through a Quetzalcoatl drawing with my Wacom drawing tablet/
Coatlicue, the Aztec Mother of the Gods. The word Coatlicue is Nahuatl for "the one with the skirt of serpents". She is referred to variously by the epithets "Mother Goddess of the Earth who gives birth to all celestial things", "Goddess of Fire and Fertility", "Goddess of Life, Death and Rebirth", and "Mother of the Southern Stars."
Coatlicue, Mother Earth, or Mother of Gods (Teteo Inan). She is wearing a skirt of snakes. Coatlicue is the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. She is also known as Toci ("our grandmother") and Cihuacoatl ("the lady of the serpent"), the patron of women who die in childbirth.
Mictlantecuhtli (Lord of the underworld) Aztec god of the dead and the king of Mictlan (Chicunauhmictlan), the lowest and northernmost section of the underworld. He was one of the principal gods of the Aztecs and was the most prominent of several gods and goddesses of death and the underworld. The worship of Mictlantecuhtli sometimes involved ritual cannibalism, with human flesh being consumed in and around the temple.
Zapotec jade and shells mask, ca. 200 BC - 100 AD, Monte Alban, Mexico. Photography © Jorge Pérez de Lara. Even though many scholars maintain that this is a bat mask, many of its features point towards its identification as a feline, possibly a jaguar. If this is correct, it may be associated with power and royal lineages. Regardless of its identification, it is one of the most valuable treasures ever recovered from Monte Albán.