amate paper

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Como estoy haciendo el atuendo de Mictlantecuhtli y Mictlancihuatl ahora, encontre todos los imagenes en que se aparecen en los codices Borgia, Fejerevary, Laud, Teleriano, Borbonicus, y Cospi. Aqui están; aparece en su tocado de papel amate, lo cual consiste de rosetas y las banderas de papel con se adornaba los cuerpos de los difuntos. Lleva en general una maxtla en rojo y blano, y lleva en muchos imagenes un pedernal como collar. Lleva como aretes manos humanos, sacate (malinali, como simbulo de la re-encarnacion y el ciclo de la vida y la muerte), o algodon crudo, lo cual simboliza Tlazolli, o sea, el parte caotico del universo que puede estar tejido y organizado para volverse util.

As I am making the atuendo of Mictlantecuhtli and Mictlancihuatl, the Teteo of death, I found images in which they are represented in the codices Borgia, Fejerevary, Laud, Teleriano, Borbonicus, and Cospi. Here they are; they appear in their headdresses of amate paper, which consists of paper rosettes and paper flags, which were used to adorn the bodies of the dead. They wear in general a red and white loincloth, and often wear a flint-stone blade as a necklace. As earrings, they wear human hands, grass (malinalli, which is a symbol of re-birth), or unspun cotton, which symbolizes Tlazolli, or the chaotic aspect of the universe, but which can yet be spun into thread and made useful.

Killer whales. Done with Indian ink over amate paper. I absolutely love how they came out and it also helps that these are my favourite sea animal after seals. It’s a shame that it was actually school work and I had to incorporate pastels as well… which ended up messing it up completely, but at least I still have this picture.

I was inspired by Maori art, although I gave it my own twist at the end.