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    Plate XV
    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 façade 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.

    Lámina XV
    2004 Acrilico en tela (102cm x 76cm)
    Esta máscara pertenece a la colección del
    Museo de Máscaras Rafael Coronel en
    Zacatecas, Zac. combinada con una porción
    de lámina XV, (La casa de las Monjas) de
    'Views of Ancient Monuments in Central
    America, Chiapas and Yucatan' ('Vistas de
    antiguos monumentos en América Central,
    Chiapas y Yucatan' por Frederick
    Catherwood). John Stephens, Frederick
    Catherwood y Samuel Cabot fueron a Uxmal
    en 1841; era el segundo viaje de Stephens y
    Catherwood allá. Stephens y Cabot
    contrajeron malaria casi inmediatamente y se
    les trasladó para su recuperación, dejando a
    Catherwood solo en las ruinas durante seis
    semanas en cuyo tiempo él realizó más de
    cincuenta dibujos.
    En el pasado el dios de nariz larga que
    aparece en la fachada del templo se creía
    representaba al dios de la lluvia Chac. El dios
    de la lluvia Chac y serpientes son asociados
    con la lluvia, y yo por lo tanto pensé, que
    sobreponiendo esta máscara con
    prominentes serpientes se lograba una buena
    combinación de imágenes. Sin embargo, en
    1987, David Stuart determinó que esta
    imagen en realidad identifica al edificio como
    una 'montaña' así como un lugar sagrado, en
    esencia, un sustituto para una verdadera
    colina o montaña. Pero, como las nubes,
    lluvia, truenos y relámpagos se forman en las
    cimas de las montañas, ¿en que otra parte
    moraría el dios de la lluvia?
    Las serpientes también pueden representar al
    cielo en la iconografía Maya clásica. Todo lo
    cual ilustra las dificultades encontradas al
    tratar de lograr demasiados paralelos entre
    los usos antiguos y modernos de motivos en
    el arte.

    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: 2738188296

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    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

Plate XV
Earney, Michael

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Utopia, United States

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