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    The Plumed Serpent
    2004 Acrylic on canvas (72' x 60')
    This large mask, called Giganton, was worn
    on the back of the dancer. Quetzalcoatl to
    the Aztec, Kukulcan to the Maya, the plumed
    serpent was a symbol of the vision serpent,
    the instrument by which the king
    communicated with the ancestors.
    Quetzalcoatl was also the planet Venus.
    Moctezuma should have known that the
    exiled Quetzalcoatl would return from the
    east as the morning star, not as Hernán
    The rattlesnake is the likely source of the
    plumed serpent cult. It has been asserted
    that the Mayan nobility altered the heads of
    their children, in a very painful procedure, so
    that their heads resembled that of the
    rattlesnake. The carved serpent upon which
    the Aztec couple are standing, from a
    painting by Jesus de la Helgera, and the
    feather mask in front bear little resemblance
    to the ancient Mexican depictions of the
    plumed serpent, but the connections are

    La Serpiente Emplumada
    2004 Acrilico en tela (183cm x 152cm)
    Llamada Giganton, esta gran máscara es
    usada sobre la espalda del bailarín.
    Quetzalcoatl, para los Aztecas, Kukulcan
    para los Mayas, la serpiente emplumada
    era un símbolo de la serpiente de la
    visión, el instrumento a través del cual el
    rey se comunicaba con sus ancestros.
    Quetzalcoatl también era el planeta
    Venus. Moctezuma debió saber que el
    exiliado Quetzalcoatl retornaría del
    oriente como la estrella de la mañana, no
    como Hernán Cortés.
    La serpiente cascabel es muy
    probablemente el origen del culto de la
    serpiente emplumada. Se asegura que
    los nobles Mayas alteraban las cabezas
    de sus hijos, con un procedimiento muy
    doloroso, para que las cabezas se
    pareciesen a las de la serpiente
    cascabel. Aunque la serpiente tallada
    sobre la cual está parada la pareja
    Azteca (de una pintura de Jesús de la
    Helgera), y la máscara de plumas al
    frente, tienen poco parecido con la
    antigua descripción Mexicana de la
    serpiente emplumada, es clara la

    Provenance / History of This Item:

    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.

    Listing Number: 2738188294

  • Subject:
    Image/object size (inches):
    72 (height)
    60 (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.

The Plumed Serpent Acrylic on Masonite, framed original

The Plumed Serpent
Earney, Michael

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Utopia, United States

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