“M” is for Mictlantecuhtli and his lovely bride Mictecacihuatl

On to “M”,  I could have chosen Maize, the Maya or Monkeys; but instead  I chose some serious tongue twisting demons. That shouldn’t really be a surprise. I hope against hope that I managed to spell their names correctly on the Primer; would be rather awful otherwise.Given my dyslexia and increasingly failing eye sight I have my fears. 

“M” is for Mictlantecuhtl and Mictecacihuatl

Mictlantecuhtl is Lord of Mictlan, the seventh tier of the Underworld, a realm he shares with his bride Mictecacihuatl. He is usually depicted as a skeletal bundle, all bleached bone and red spots. As is true with all Lords of Xibalba, Mictlantecutl is a trickster but famously stupid and easily duped. I hoped to depict the arrogance and foolishness buffoons often possess, hence the priapic serpent between his legs. His bride’s disgust makes me smile.

Detail of a Randy Fool

The following is the image that inspired my little randy fool.


The double headed serpent motif may be familiar to visitors to the British Museum, it is one of my favorite objects.

For more information concerning the mosaic I suggest this link from the British Museum A History of the World in which they discuss 100 objects that altered the course of history; a wonderful program.

Well that is it for now.

Working on a large painting for which my weary eyes are pleased.

I begin a printmaking course on Tuesday, very excited indeed.

Until next time,

take care,


Author: babylonbaroque

I am a painter and printmaker working towards creating a body of work that reflects my own developing aesthetic. New work ,first link. The second link is an on-line portfolio.

15 thoughts on ““M” is for Mictlantecuhtli and his lovely bride Mictecacihuatl”

  1. wow!
    i am floored– i love the letter itself, in fact i am amazed at how you have taken to the letter-formations, but this bat swinging between two partially living (?) totems is fabulous.
    this gentleman’s face is killing me!! his *serpent* is the perfect expression, i believe, of all you mention above 😀
    the shocks of orange/red are outstanding.

    i must say, you and clive just do not taking illness seriously at all.
    for which we are all grateful 😀

    i look forward to seeing the painting, and am also eager to hear about printmaking….

    1. You are very sweet for which i am appreciative. i feel better today, fortified by lots of tea ( I still can’t eat-tiresome).
      Thanks, I’m enjoying playing with the puzzle of letters, making images contort to form.
      He is silly, like many silly men-he’s just dead!
      Will keep you posted about printmaking, have you done prints?
      And yes, those names, I should have stuck with the Greeks (:

  2. Mictlantecuhtli YEAH!!! When I was a teenager I read a horror story called ‘The Road to Mictlantecuhtli’ by Adobe James, and thereafter researched and grew to love the pantheon of meso-american deities. So your M has great resonance for me. It rocks!

  3. thank you for posting ,i am fan of your art and your personality ! Hugs Giovanni delle Stelle

    1. Well thank you! I’m tickled to have a new visitor, please keep popping in.
      I must say you have an incredibly lovely name 🙂

  4. Really lovely, as usual! I love the double headed serpents, and really everything. Also, I can’t wait to see what comes out of this new printmaking venture!! What sort of printmaking will you be doing?

    1. Thank you,I’m fond of the serpents as well.
      I will keep you posted as per printmaking; I haven’t really a clue. I assume woodblocks, lino block, engraving? I’m ready and willing!

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