This is from the mythological
sequence describing the descent of Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent, to
the Underworld, to recover the bones of the ancestors from the Lord of
Death, in order to create the new, and current, race of men. At the top,
the Teótl gather in Tamoanchan, the Twelfth layer of the heavens, to
order Quetzalcoatl and his Spirit Animal, Xolotl, the dog-god, to
descend to the Underworld to recover the precious bones. Below, they
descend on a rope adorned with eagle plumes, which symbolically
represents the Milky Way, through the subsequent 11 layers of the
heavens, before they enter through the belly of the earth Goddess,
Coatlicue. These layers are, in order, the Red, Yellow, and Blue
heavens, the Daytime and the Nighttime Skies, the heaven of shooting
stars, the heaven of Venus, the heaven of the Sun, the heaven of the
stars, and the heaven of the moon and clouds. Below is the surface of
the earth and the imperial city of Tenochtitlan.
The painting is the preliminary drawing for the painting, which will be painted in full color. A print of the preliminary drawing is available on my Etsy store at this link.
A devotional image of Xiuhtecuhtli, the Turquoise Lord, Teótl of fire, time, the center, the hearth, and wisdom; the unmoving point about which all the universe pivots. You can find a poster of this painting on my Etsy at this link!
The Féjéreváry Almanac, which depicts the four directions, time, and
space, as a single entity, ruled by Xiuhtecuthli, the Turquoise Lord
depicted at the center, and the Nine Lords of the Night. You can find
this as a poster at my Etsy shop at this link!