The Maize God Hun Hunahpu suffers a great many indignities , he is duped by treacherous Underworld Lords, ceremonially sacrificed and ultimately beheaded. His head, like the head of sacred Jokannan an object of ghoulish veneration ; for the Maize God, instead of a silver platter, his severed head is placed upon the branches of the calabash tree.
From this perch the severed head impregnates the Underworld Princess Xquic.
I’ve decided this is most likely the scene I will depict , using my maquettes as inspiration.
I am fast creating a cast of a thousand, Cecil B. De Mill beware.
This maquette seems particularly flexible, perhaps I am beginning to better understand construction.
His tattoo of sprouting maize is typical when depicting the maize god, tripartite ornament, particularly in the god’s brow can be found early as the Olmecs. I must confess the ornament is not usually placed in such an erotically charged part of the body, but he is a fertility god after all.
As I noted Hun Hunahpu is quite flexible, when the poor fellow needs to be beheaded, a simple unfastening of the brad does the trick nicely.
Well that is much of today’s output, ended a bit early; toying with retiring to the study with Vasari, I should paint, but I feel a bit weary.
Until next time ,