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Incensario, Quetzalcóatl

Posclásico Tardío, 1250-1527 D.C.
Mayapán, Yucatán
Arcilla
INAH. Museo Nacional de Historia, Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexiko-Stadt
Feathered Serpent
One of the most characteristic expressions of Mayapán ceramics were censers with deity effigies. This work shows Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, an essential character in Mesoamerican iconography. With the arrival of Nahua groups to the Maya area, around AD 1000, the veneration of Quetzalcoatl, known to the Mayas as Kukulcan, was added to their religion. He can be recognized by the pectoral, cut from a snail shell, painted blue and outlined in yellow, hanging around his neck. In each of his hands, raised before him, he holds balls of copal incense.

© Foto: Haupt & Binder

Mayas, el lenguaje de la belleza

Exposición itinerante del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), México. Informaciones y foto tour por la presentación en Berlín, 2016.


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