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.
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.
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,