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Size and Specifications
2004 Acrylic on canvas (40' x 30')
This mask is from the collection of the Rafael
Coronel Mask Museum in Zacatecas, Zac.
combined with a portion of plate XV, (La casa
de las Monjas) from 'Views of Ancient
Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and
Yucatan' by Frederick Catherwood.
John Stephens, Frederick Catherwood and
Samuel Cabot went to Uxmal in 1841. It was
Stephens' and Catherwood's second trip
there. Stephens and Cabot came down with
malaria almost immediately and were carried
off to recover, leaving Catherwood alone at
the ruins for six weeks during which time he
completed more than fifty drawings.
In the past the long nosed god portrayed on
the temple faÃ§ade has been identified as
Chac the Rain God. Snakes are also
associated with rain. A good combination of
images, I thought. However, in 1987, David
Stuart determined that this image identifies
the building as a 'mountain' as well as a
sacred place, essentially, a substitute for real
hills and mountains, which are the homes of
the Ancestor Gods.
Snakes can also represent the sky in classic
Maya iconography. All of which illustrates the
pitfalls of trying to draw parallels between
ancient and modern uses of motifs in art.
This artwork is hand-painted in acrylic on Masonite. It is a framed original. AS SEEN in the Book 'Magic Faces, Caras Magicas' written by Michael P. Earney. It has been displayed in multiple art galleries and has had many articles written about the work.
Image/object size (inches):
40 (height) 30 (width) 0 (depth)
The above image is an estimate of the size of the image/object compared to an average person. Box will only show a max 70 inches height x 70 inches width.
Plate XV Acrylic on Masonite, framed original yucatan