Melbourne was privileged recently in hosting an exhibition of Aztec artefacts, codexes and sculptures. My eye was drawn to this sculpture as I had known about Quetzalcoatl for many years. He looked a little forlorn so far from home.
Among the Aztecs, whose beliefs are the best-documented in the Spanish historical sources, Quetzalcoatl was, as his name indicates, a feathered serpent, a flying reptile (much like a dragon), who was a boundary-maker (and transgressor) between earth and sky. He was a creator deity having contributed essentially to the creation of Mankind. He also had anthropomorphic forms, for example in his aspects as Ehecatl the wind god. Among the Aztecs, the name Quetzalcoatl was also a priestly title.By the way, you can see stylized wing feathers on the right side.
Quetzalcoatl was related to gods of the wind, of Venus, of the dawn, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge. He was also the patron god of the Aztec priesthood, of learning and knowledge.Quetzalcoatl was one of several important gods in the Aztec pantheon, along with the gods Tlaloc, Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli.
I plan to post a few more images from this amazing exhibition which showcased intricate gold jewellery, exquisite ceramics, complex sculptures and even sacrificial alters where the still beating hearts of the sacrificial victims were placed. It was hard to look at this “furniture”, knowing that a poor man’s or child’s last moments were spent in absolute horror, whether they died willingly or not. I say willingly for the belief was that if one died in sacrifice, one was reincarnated as a hummingbird or a butterfly without the mandatory probation period spent in darkness.
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swapankumarroy (1148) 2014-08-10 8:54
Hello dear Klaudio,
Very interesting article and well presented the art work. Nicely captured, well framed and color control.
best of all, good luck.
jhm (135826) 2014-08-10 9:33
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Nice image, fortunately well preserved.
Colours and presentation are very well.
Excellent composition and good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
dekanski (2550) 2014-08-11 3:04
odlična fotografija, još lepša nota! Hvala što si podelio!
jmdias (52918) 2014-08-13 2:26
I like a lot this kind of art and its historical meaning. very beautiful light and the blue around. the image shows the perfection of the artwork and make us to think how it would be living with that ancient people.
Curious_Eye (1000) 2014-08-24 11:21
This must have been an amazing exhibition, even if at times terrifying. A good portrayal of Quetzalcoatl as not only the details and textures are well preserved on this photo, but I also like how you work with the background. The luminous blue light enveloping the shadow is great.
All the best,