ancient mayan art

The Descent of Quetzalcoatl, 1

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.

Daniel Parada is an illustrator who recreates the figures embodied in ancient vessels, walls or codices of Mesoamerica. He is the creator of an independent comic project about the history of the ancient Mayan civilization.
This artist began drawing from age 3, later studying visual arts at the School of Arts in San Francisco. At age 18, he moved to New York to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts.
After two years he returned to San Francisco where he began to investigate Mesoamerican cultures.

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!